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With its capacity for infinite design adaptation and manifold nonresistant material solutions, the future-focused domain of Textiles has intrinsic value for Design and Technology (D&T) education. Recent technological research, innovation, and development have illustrated its dynamic capacity for cross-disciplinary applications (McQuaid et al. 2005). Far from staid traditional perceptions of Textiles, these iterations, like those showcased in the exhibition Extreme Textiles, include high-performance fabrics in aeronautics, medicine, apparel, sports, agriculture, transportation, and civil engineering (McQuaid et al. 2005). Quinn asserts that Textiles will continue “to transform our world more than any other material” (2010). So how will D&T education be transformed by these new possibilities? This chapter considers Textiles technologies’ evolving role within D&T education, alongside relevant sociocultural and educational developments, challenges, and opportunities.
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