Heritage textiles carry rich stories of cultural history. While many ethnic minorities don’t have a written format to their languages, for generations they have been creating motifs onto their costumes to tell the ancestors’ stories. With the trend of people leaving their traditional textile crafts to work out of town, many cultures are also quickly disappearing.

Sharon de Lyster, Founder of design studio Narrative Made championing sustainable practices and heritage crafts, sees that in order for artisanal businesses to sustain, there needs to have a systematic resource and network platform to promote such practice.

The Textile Atlas aims to preserve a record of disappearing Asian crafts with their reflected cultural stories, and provide a resource platform for both the commercial industry and academia.

Photo credit: Stephenie Teng Photography

Photo credit: Stephenie Teng Photography





Textile artist and co-starter of The Textile Atlas, believes in sharing the passion and making knowledge resources in textile heritage crafts accessible to everyone, for free.

Emily Lush

Storyteller, researcher and creative communications professional who is interested in ethical fashion, Fair Trade, and the role textiles and weaving play in cultural asset-based development.


Jeffrey Dalrymple

Web Developer & Map Master

Ling Chung

Research Assistant

Junhanlu Zhang

Research Assistant