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1ST year- review, dressed to the nines

On the 27th June, we held an event at the Museo del Traje in Madrid for fashion schools, technologists, museum curators and universities.  This celebration served as a forum to establish common points between cultural heritage and technology, weaving our past into the future.

SILKNOW was introduced by Dr. Ester Alba, dissemination and exploitation manager, who showcased the importance of silk heritage for the European economical, industrial and cultural development both in the past and in the present. This presentation was followed by an interview between, Dr. Cristina Portalés, senior researcher, and Dr. Rodrigo Martín Galán, Research Progamme Officer (European Commission). They discussed about the growing connection between humanities and technology in European projects.

On the 28th June, SILKNOW had its first review meeting at the Instituto Cervantes at an impressive meeting room covered by an imposing glass dome. All work packages were presented and the future paths for the project were traced. After a discussion, the work done so far in SILKNOW was approved with the according to the EU standards.

Weaving technology: from textiles to big data

After a whole year working, we are happy to announce that the first versions of the SILKNOW Thesaurus and Virtual Loom are already done and will shortly be open for everyone to use them are quickly moving forward.

The specialized SILKNOW multilingual thesaurus is being carried out by experts in textile terminology and art historians, and computationally implemented by experts in text mining and multi-/cross-linguality and semantic extraction from text. Controlled vocabularies are essential for researchers as they allow them to be as accurate as possible when defining a term (for conservation and curation purposes) especially in cataloguing, conservation and curation. The SILKNOW thesaurus is designed to connect various textiles located in diverse collections and to standardize a widespread and fragile heritage.

The Virtual Loom is being designed and implemented by computer scientists with expertise in interactive 3D graphics, being supported by experts in historical weaving techniques. So far, we have implemented the basic techniques (plain weave, twill and satin) and a pictured weaving technique (damask). As input, the Virtual Loom takes an image, which is interactively processed to discern between the background and the yarns. This information, together with mathematical models of the weaving techniques, are computationally merged to produce a virtual model of textiles’ internal structure. The Virtual Loom is of interest for the creative industries and education sector, as users are able to use different weaving techniques for a given image, choose yarns’ colors, navigate through the virtual model and produce 3D printed models.

The SILKNOW family: one year wearing our hearts in our sleeves

After one year working to preserve silk heritage, we can just say…wow! We haven’t just worked hard to protect silk; we have been breathing and living it: we became youtubers, we have defended social equality and we have met people as crazy for silk as we are.

The SILKNOW team has met in 4 different locations: Valencia, Lyon, Bled and Madrid. During these meetings we have shared and accomplished our tasks in order to prepare the SILKNOW tools and we have discussed the project´s future steps.

Especially, we wove our friendship. Hopefully, you will weave with us our past into the future!

Connecting stories: from fabrics to big data

SILKNOW is celebrating its first year running by holding an event at the Museo del Traje in Madrid

This meeting will serve as a forum for dialogue with different agents (museums, tourism agencies, creative industries, innovation centers, universities …) that will serve to establish points of encounter between cultural heritage and technology, weaving the past into the future.

SILKNOW will be briefly presented, and then an interview with the EC project officer Rodrigo Martín-Galán will take place.

Let’s keep weaving our past into the future!

Conectando historias: de los tejidos al big data.

SILKNOW celebrará su primer año con un evento en el Museo del Traje en Madrid

Esta reunión servirá como forum para el diálogo con diferentes agentes (museos, turismo, industrias creativas, centros de innovación, universidades…) en el que se establecerán puntos de enuentro entre el patrimonio cultural y la tecnología, tejiendo nuestro pasado hacia el futuro.

SILKNOW será brevemente introducido por la Dra. Ester Alba, profesora titular de la Univeristat de València, seguido por una entrevista dirigida por la Dra. Cristina Portalés con el Técnico del Programa de Investigación de la Comisión Europea, Rodrigo Martín-Galán.

¡Sigamos tejiendo nuestro pasado hacia el futuro!

Place / Lugar: Museo del Traje, Av. Juan de Herrera, 2, 28040, Madrid
Time / Hora: 19:00h.
RSVP / SRC: silknow (at) uv (dot) es


Interviews by Videolectures


Mar Gaitan, Marcos Fernandez

Series of videos showing the importance of preserving silk heritage by using the latest AI technologies. Interviews with:

On the 26th and 27th of February SILKNOW held its second meeting in Bled, Slovenia. It was hosted by JSI.  In order to open the session, SILKNOW held a workshop with its EEAB, where the project was presented demonstrating the importance of protecting silk heritage for Europeans citizens. Also, it was a great opportunity to show the highlights of SILKNOW such as the thesaurus or the Virtual Loom.

Members of the EAB present during this workshop:  Marie-Véronique Leroi (French Minister of Culture and Communication), Oscar Corcho (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), Pierre Guérin (Generalitat Valenciana), Sílvia Saladrigas (CDMT Terrassa), Marco Rendina (European Fashion Heritage Association), Ana Cabrera (Museo del Traje, Madrid) For two days the project members showed the progress made in each work package, demonstrating the ability to operate in an interdisciplinary environment. Likewise, SILKNOW began to prepare the project review that will take place in June in Madrid.

SILKNOW and Fashion

Silk had been part of European creativity from its beginning.  Even though, we tend to think in silk as a luxurious item from a distant past, it is a very much alive heritage present in today’s fashion designers and their creations. In order to demonstrate so, SILKNOW lunched an international campaign with professional models and international designers such as Francis Montesinos. This editorial was recorded in Garin 1820, a fabric that still weaves with the ancient techniques.

SILKNOW at the Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage

Organized by the European Commission, the ‘Fair of European Innovators in Cultural Heritage’ took place on 15-16 November 2018 in Brussels and was focused on the next steps and contributions to the EU Action Plan on Cultural Heritage. They showcased the latest innovations in cultural heritage, especially in the scope of EU funded projects, discussing why they are developed and how they can benefit both the society and the market. The fair promoted stronger ties between R&I, policies and arts by contributing opening cultural heritage innovation ecosystem in Europe and beyond.

For SILKNOW, it was an excellent occasion to meet a variety of stakeholders and coordinators of other funded EU projects under H2020 or even FP7, participating in fostering creativity and connections across Europe. Through the presentations, panel discussions, project booths and B2B networking sessions, we were able to see the latest innovations in cultural heritage and we could engage with other researchers, policy makers, artists, start-ups, and EU representatives.