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Three Trends that Demonstrate how Textiles Inspire Wellbeing

Three Trends that Demonstrate how Textiles Inspire Wellbeing

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Our personal sense of wellbeing comes from the balance of good physical, mental and social health. We strive to maintain this balance but daily lifestyle choices combined with environmental factors can challenge our body and mind. Things like increasing levels of pollution in cities, sedentary office culture, digital fatigue and long-haul travel can put a burden on our bodies and minds affecting our sense of wellbeing.

In the wellbeing issue of Tactile Trends I explore how textiles and materials can inspire and support our sense of wellbeing through three key trends entitled PURIFY, INFUSE and MEDITATIVE CRAFT.

Enjoy!

Rachel

 


Purify

Anti-pollution is an important emerging market for wellbeing product innovation. 

As city pollution levels continue to rise, affecting the Asia-Pacific region (APAC) in particular, more citizens are turning to protective beauty, sensing technologies, cleansing wearables and particulate filters to protect their health and wellbeing.

 

 Image: Hong Kong Skyline by Meiying Ng

Image: Hong Kong Skyline by Meiying Ng

 Image: Water Droplet by Will Swann

Image: Water Droplet by Will Swann

Infuse

Infusing textiles with micro capsules can support our sense of wellbeing.

A holistic approach to health care is gaining popularity in the west as we increasingly question medical practices that only focus on treating symptoms. Inspired by a holistic approach, textile researchers and makers are infusing textiles with essences and micro capsules to promote our sense of wellbeing through hydration, sleep enhancement and sensory stimulation.

 

Meditative Craft

Knitting is part of a growing movement towards creative therapy. 

So many of our daily interactions are intangible and as a reaction to that consumers are seeking ways to interact with physical objects to feel grounded in reality. This has created a heightened interest in crafts and the role they play in wellbeing. Therapeutic knitting in particular is leading the way in this movement that explores colour, craft and making as therapy and a gateway to mindfulness practices.

 

 

 Image: Knitting via  Wool and the Gang

Image: Knitting via Wool and the Gang


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