Continuing Education: Textile Design (Level 2)

Continuing Education: Textile Design (Level 2) 

Join experienced textile designer and educator Karthika Audinet for a six-week course on textile design.

Through lectures and hands-on workshops, students will learn about the history of textile design and techniques used around the world, including embroidery, resist dyeing, printing and painting. Students will review examples from world-class textile collections, including the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection, to develop a vocabulary for interpreting, contextualizing and taking inspiration from the world’s textiles. Students will also have a chance to develop their own skills using fabrics, pencil and paper, hot wax resist, and organic indigo dye.

Although this course is open to all levels of experience, we encourage you to complete the Introduction to Textile Design (level 1) course first for a smooth learning experience.


Class Schedule

Week 1, Coveted Cotton: Gain an in-depth understanding of cotton through the ages, including the ancient muslins of Dhaka, the influences of colonialism and Gandhi, and the pros and cons of cotton today.


Week 2, Hot Resists: Learn about applied resist patterning processes practiced all over the world, from mud and ash resists to hot wax. Adapt the textile patterns you created in the Level 1 course to wax-resist on cotton.

Week 3 and 4 Enigmatic Indigo: Trace the worldwide appeal of indigo blue from ancient Peru to the printed textiles of 19th-century British designer William Morris. Straightforward chemistry theory will be reinforced by a hands-on project to create your own mini vat of indigo dye.

Week 5 and 6, Twills, Satins and Oriental Carpets: Learn to plot, analyze, and weave twills and satins using a simple loom or picture frame. Finish with an introduction to the structures and designs of Oriental carpets, examining significant carpets including the Pazyryk and the Ardabil.

About Karthika Audinet

Karthika Audinet is a textile designer with 25 years of international experience and a background in designing luxury furnishings. Audinet was trained in textile design at the National Institute of Design in India, and received a second master's degree at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in France. She was principal designer for the textile department of Good Earth India, and now operates Designers and Artisans, a consultancy and fair-trade company that champions hand weaving and crafting. In addition to her work as a designer, Audinet teaches courses in weaving, interior design and textile history, and publishes original research.

How to Participate

To participate, simply sign up here by September 9, and then join the course online each week using the Zoom link provided. Once you register, we will email you the link and instructions for joining the class. You will also receive a materials list and additional details about the course. Fee: $325/members, $375/public (plus materials). For questions, please contact [email protected].