Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After completion of the course student is able to

  • recognize the most common textile and clothing materials, their production methods, origins and properties
  • understand the meaning of material selection in textile and clothing design
  • explain the most important ecological aspects in textile and clothing production

Credits: 3

Schedule: 07.09.2022 - 19.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maarit Salolainen, Hilda Niemelä

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Course-related questions can be addressed to the teachers Hilda Niemelä ( or Maarit Salolainen. 

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This is an introductionary course into textile materials, and does not require previous knowledge. The course consists of online lectures and assignments focusing on textile and clothing materials, their raw materials and production processes, textile standards, material care, material selection for various applications, and sustanable development principles in the field of textile and clothing. The course includes cumpulsory joint sessions in the beginning and in the end. Textile and Clothing Materials course is an elective course in MA level ARTS2056 Minor in Textiles - Material and Structure and in Sustainable Fashion and Textile Management Minor by BIZ, and open to other Aalto University students and exchange students.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in joint sessions, completion of study assignments.

  • applies in this implementation

    The course is evaluated as pass/fail. The requirement for passing is to complete the MyCourses material, pass the given assignments (80% correct) by the end of the course (19th October 2022) and participate in the first lecture on 7.9.2022 and the final class on 19.10.2022.

    If you cannot join either of the two lectures, don't hesitate to get in touch with Hilda Niemelä or Maarit Salolainen.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    After a joint kick-off session, students follow lectures online and complete assignments independently according to given guidelines. The course ends with a joint discussion.

    Total workload is 81 h 

    8 h Contact teaching

    56 h Individual work

    16 h Personal reflection

    1 h Giving course feedback 

  • applies in this implementation

    It is advisable to allocate time each week for the course, and the tasks require reflection and further reading. Please familiarize yourself with the course literature. The texts in MyCourses guide you on your learning path, but more detailed information can be found in the course book and other books under recommended further reading.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Suomenkielinen toteutus: Räisänen et al. (2021) Tekstiilien materiaalit. Finn Lectura.

    Course in English: Salolainen, M. and Fagerlund M. (2022) Interwoven - Exploring Materials and Structures. Aalto ARTS Books

  • applies in this implementation

    The course book:

    Salolainen, M. Interwoven - Exploring Materials and Structures. AaltoARTS Books, 2022. You can acquire the book from Aalto ARTS Bookshop with a student discount or discount code "interwoven20" (20% discount until 9.9.2022). The book will be published on 7th September.

    Recommended further reading:

    Sinclair, R., ed. Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2015. The book is available in e-book format in the Aalto Learning Center

    Thompson, R. Manufacturing Processes for Textile and Fashion Design Professionals. New York: Thames & Hudson Inc, 2014.

    Further reading tips: please see Salolainen M.(2022) pp.489-490

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:



    Teaching Language : Finnish

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Course in English: min. 5, max. 25 students

    Registration for courses: Sisu. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:



Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    The course is an online course but has two meetings on campus. 

    The first meeting is on 7.9.2022, 9.15-12.00 in the Väre, room Q203 and

    The course ends with a meeting on 19.10.2022, 9.15-12.00, Väre, room Q203

    These meetings are mandatory, but if you cannot join either of them, please contact Hilda or Maarit.