Ruta, a loom for making sense of industrial weaving

Daniëlle Ooms, Nick Voskuil, Kristina Andersen, Hanna Ottilia Wallner

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Weaving is the technique of making fabric through interlacing yarn, and it can be seen as a way to program a material. However, due to this programming complexity, the novice weaver finds it hard to quickly engage in weaving. We designed Ruta through an iterative process involving weave experts and novice weavers. In effect, Ruta is a tool for sensemaking the complexity of Jacquard weaving which enables novel weavers to understand and feel what weaving actually entails. We present the Ruta loom and demonstrate how it imparts meaning to the process of complex weaving.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
Event2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


Conference2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020


  • Digital craftsmanship
  • Prototyping
  • Sample
  • Weaving


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