The aim of this art piece is to find meaningful connection and relationship between tradition and innovation and to demonstrate their functional implementation in the wearable technology applications. While developing the new field of smart textiles, this paper stresses the importance of learning from traditional crafts and the value of craftsmanship. Exploration and use of the traditional textile motifs or ornamental pieces popular in traditional dance found in Southeast Asia region in Thailand are the input for a discussion about the role of craftsmanship and skills in developing materials with interactive properties that is held with relation to the possibilities for societal sustainability. Translation of traditional textile structures to digital code using biological data to make 3D printed textiles is discussed in this paper. The relationship of the behavior of that printed textile unit and what kind of functionality we want to enable inside our clothes is also examined.



Galina Mihaleva Nanyang – Technological University
Pat Pataranutaporn – Arizona State University
Audrey Ng – Nanyang Technological University