Textile + Design Lab

The Textile and Design Lab is a unique textile research and development centre located in the heart of Auckland City. The lab is home to a suite of cutting edge Shima Seiki design and programming systems, flatbed knitting, digital printing, weaving and non-woven technologies. We collaborate with commercial partners, designers, educators, research institutes and students from around New Zealand and further afield to translate ideas into reality.

Research it

Collaborating with the lab gives you access to our technical expertise and cutting edge technologies.

Knit it

The lab has the latest Shima Seiki Apex 3 Design systems and 4 flatbed knitting machines.

Digitally print it

Our focus is on digitally printing natural fibre materials.

Weave it

The lab has a TC2 digital weaving loom, the first of its kind in New Zealand, enabling us to develop a wide range of woven materials.


Our short courses and workshops allow you to upskill in a range of textile-related subjects with minimal time investment.