Textile Initiative

TEXTILE INITIATIVE is an ongoing event based project founded by Dasha Golova . TEXTILE INITIATIVE & TALK TO ME I WILL REPAIR YOUR CLOTHES has happened twice in Amsterdam at the Rietveld Glass Pavilion and the Big Vissel at Da Costakade and it was a big success thank to all contributors and experts volunteers! A new program for the event is being under development and curation.

TEXTILE INITIATIVE is a series of events that gather people of different social groups and age to the field of textile, that doesn't have a professional requirement but in fact a very personal every day engagement. The TI has an always changing place and format but holds on the same values around creating a safe space for human exchange, exploring the potential of collaboration, where the idea of textile is interlaced with human relations and sharing knowledge, skills and time. TALK TO ME I WILL REPAIR YOUR CLOTHES is an integral part of the TI where a ever changing group of volunteers repair and mend someone's damaged clothes or textiles. This free service is provided only during the event with the possibility for everyone to talk, learn and fix together, under the guidance or completely by yourself. Repairing clothes became a trigger to engage with each other and reinforce the values of human interaction.

Founder (person or department)

Darya Golova (Fine Arts)


Looking for companions

Founding year



creation of a safe place for human exchange, facilitation of all sorts of events and voices of artists, initiatives, collectives, researchers, teachers about textile, craft, politics of textile production and use, textile and human resources, female labour, politics of care….

Target Group

Everyone who is noticing prevailing presence of textiles in our lives and surroundings, curious and enthusiastic people, artists, artisans and researchers


Public events such as workshops, tours, performances, presentations and talks, participatory exhibitions


Glass Pavilion
Big Vissel studio at Tetterode


social fabric, textile, material, ecology, collaboration, hand craft, discourse, commons

← Textile Initiative
/w Lieke Wouters & Matilda Kenttä
15 Jun

Excited to share the first event and our first two collaborators Lieke Wouters and Matilda Kenttä! Our first event will be hosted at De Steek!

Saturday 15 June
@ De Steek, Van der Hoopstraat 70HS

During this session we will deconstruct (and reconstruct) our understanding of textile crafts, in particular weaving and knitting.

Starting with a reading session led by Lieke Wouters, we will widen our view of technology. Focusing on excerpts of texts by Ursula K. Le Guin and Sadie Plant, we will discuss technology’s connection to textiles and crafting. Furthermore, we will speculate about why knitting especially has been left out of this discussion. How can we look at hand knitting from a technological perspective?

This will be followed by a reweaving workshop led by Matilda Kenttä, where together we will unravel a rag-rug from Matilda’s hometown in Sweden. Rag-rugs are traditionally made of cut-up scraps of old clothing and domestic textiles, together we will speculate on the stories and histories embedded in the material.

Throughout the afternoon, we will craft notes about the covered topics. We will conclude the session by making a collaborative zine about the notes and materials we have collected.

~ Sign up: https://linktr.ee/textileinitiative

Textile Initiative is kindly supported by AFK & Stichting Stokroos

Graphic design identity by Lejla Vala Verheus

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