E-textiles are a fertile playground for exploring novel musical instruments. From the Aeolia cello garment to the electronic tapestries, we’ve seen a number of creative electronic textile-based musical interfaces.
“Textile design for a nomad” pushes these boundaries one step further and transforms the entire body surface into an musical interface. The performance costume is made from fabrics integrated with sensors and when touched emits harp-like sounds. The project was developed by Jeannine Han, a textile design student at the Swedish School of Textiles, and tech guro Dan Riley. The musical suit was designed as a communication tool for nomads on their travels. To me it seems, with its eccentric design, it seems more fit for a French electronic pop band. Currently the garment plays sounds inspired nature.
What’s unique about this garment is that it is being designed so that it could potentially be easily manufactured in the future. The project is currently on display at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm until June 2010.