Þekkingarsetur in collaboration with the Icelandic Textile Center is currently conducting a research project in the field of textiles funded by Rannís, the Icelandic Research Fund.
The project "Bridging Textiles to the Digital Future" aims to create innovation within the textiles industry of Iceland by developing significant advancements of dormant weaving industry knowledge (historic weaving patterns) and transforming it into new technology (digital database and digital patterns). By applying new research of traditional patterns and how they are woven, new digital weaving pattern technology can be applied to make old patterns compatible with the TC2 digital loom located in Kvennaskólinn.
The project was initiated by the textile researcher and weaving expert Ragnheiður Björk Þórsdóttir, who came to work with Þekkingarsetur á Blönduósi and Textílsetur Íslands in 2015 / 2016 to assess and maintain the traditional wooden weaving looms left in the building (used now by international artists and scholars in residence) and to research and analyse the old weaving patterns held within the Kvennaskólinn building. This initial research and preservation collaboration has sparked discovery of dormant industry knowledge; thousands of weaving patterns and fabric samples that are rich in cultural value and of potentially of great use to the weaving industry, designers, and educational sector.