No. 1 (2023)
Shaping research

The Phygital Evolution: Digitization of Historical Fabrics from Prato

Andrea Quartu
Università degli Studi di Firenze
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Published 30-06-2023


  • Phygital,
  • Prato Textile District,
  • Reverse Engineering,
  • Textile Heritage,
  • Digitization

How to Cite

Quartu, A. (2023). The Phygital Evolution: Digitization of Historical Fabrics from Prato. Fashion Highlight, (1), 134–141.


This contribution examines the results of a research project on collaborations between the audiovisual industry and the textile and fashion sector in the city of Prato, experimenting with new relationships between the physical and digital dimensions. The main purpose of the project was the production of content for the textile manufacturing industry using innovative media production technologies such as 3D, animation, etc., transmitted through 5G network infrastructure. Specifically, the project focused on significant archives of the Prato textile district through a process of digitizing fabrics using productive reverse engineering techniques. This allowed for obtaining a digital representation of existing fabrics, preserving and enhancing the traditional textile heritage in a digital format. The use of advanced techniques enabled the accurate capture of fabric characteristics and properties, facilitating the creation of 3D models and their manipulation through media production technologies.


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