Interwoven Exploring Materials and Structures

Maarit Salolainen

A major new guide to mastering textile design that interweaves technical knowledge, artistic expression, and storytelling.

Interwoven: Exploring Materials and Structures is a joyous exploration into woven textile design. It dissects woven structures along with the fibers and yarns used to make them, giving exceptional insight into the world of fabrics.

Interwoven outlines how the diverse history of textiles has been intertwined with human innovation from prehistoric twining and the invention of the binary code, through to today’s new material discoveries and urgent quest for sustainability. By investigating the past and present of textiles and narrating their cross-cultural roles, meanings, and influences, Interwoven illustrates how textiles have been used to tell human stories throughout the ages.

The book also introduces a new pedagogical method for woven textile design studies, inviting the reader to take a seat at the loom and weave their own story. Detailed instructions for creating textiles, ranging from fibers and yarns to basic weaves, multilayered constructions, and digital jacquard designs, are interspersed with emotionally rich, tactile textile stories by Aalto ARTS design students. Interwoven masterfully combines technical knowledge, artistic expression, and storytelling to create a unique guide to textile design.


Maarit Salolainen


Maarit Salolainen is head of the master's program in fashion, clothing and textile design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland. Alongside her academic work, Salolainen works in the international textile industry. As a creative director for the Turkish textile mill Vanelli, she leads a team of designers and engineers in developing new concepts, products, and collections for international interior textile editors and brands.