Martijn ten Bhömer: Tender knitted pockets

Credits: Martijn ten Bhömer, Kristi Kuusk, Paula Kassenaar, Textiel Museum TextielLab, Philips Research
Year: 2012
References: The idea of light pockets is based on Paula Kassenaar’s “Soft Interior” project. (
– Bio-cotton, ecru colored
– Conductive Elektrisola (0101 HF-Litze 4 x 0,0710 mm Grad 1 Polysol-155)
– Elastic, ecru colored thread
– Conductive Bekaert (Bekitex BK 50/2, 50 Ω/cm)

– Fabric has been knitted on a Stoll Knit-and-wear machine. To create the fabric 8 intarsia yarn feeders where used.
– The electronics can be placed in the pockets, and connected by soldering the copper wire to the holes of a PCB. By flowing the tin on the copper thread, the coating around the wire will dissolve.
Dimensions: Approximately 10cm x 12cm

Description: Tender pockets are separate structural knit textile that can incorporate programmable microchip in each pocket. Naturally it can be programmed to react on different inputs, perform range of actions and give desirable output. The backside of the pockets contains a conductive thread that can be used for example as stretch sensor, or capacitive touch sensor.

The full garment “Tender” in an example of the many possible applications to the developed textile. Tender is a garment that reacts to stroking. It lights up separate pockets on the body accordingly how they have been in contact with a skin. By stroking the garment it is possible to “move” the lighted part of the wearable. It can be used to gather light around neck, chest area for reading, hands area for spotlight to find something in darkness or for all kind of playful results, effects.

Supporting Materials:
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