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 Suzanne Bernhardt & Sasha van Aalst
22 Jun

Here we go ~ announcing the second event with Suzanne Bernhardt and Sasha van Aalst hosted at Fruit turn van West

Saturday 22 June
@ Fruittuin van West (Raathuis), Tom Schreursweg 48

* Weaving & baking : entangled routines * is a gathering around the origin of our bread. Together with Sasha van Aalst and Suzanne Bernhardt, we will follow sweetgrasses and explore how this plant family shapes movements, routines and gestures. As a baker, Sasha will guide us through the rhythms of bread — gestures in close collaboration with the microbes that help transform the dough, making it easier to digest and more tasty. In between folding the dough, Suzanne will invite us to trace the roots of the grass family, by weaving together wild and domesticated grasses into a collective placemat. With this workshop we honour the close relations between plants, humans and microbes through practising slow routines of preparing and caring for our food. We will celebrate these routines by festively sharing our fresh fire-baked breads on top of the woven placemats.

~ 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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