Awards that make performance visible
Consumption is increasingly taking place under ecological and social-ethical aspects – all the more so the more diverse, cost-effective and low-threshold the range of offers becomes. „Better instead of more“ is the guiding principle for decelerations, more mindful and conscious living and consumption. The European Textile Academy of Bolzano/Bozen has created the EUROPEAN TEXTILE & CRAFT AWARD to honor special achievements in contemporary and traditional crafts and art professions an their connection to the world of design. The international jury of leading experts awards pioneering achievements on innovative products taking into account sustainable criteria. The award is proof of the superior quality of the product and a sur seal of quality for buyers and consumers.
Participate in the European Textile & Craft Award
Focus on decisive values ►
Materials used and innovative natural fibers, aesthetic and functional design, processing quality and resources, environmentally friendly production as well as social-ethical aspects are essential criteria for the award.
Textile ecological criteria ►
Textile ecology is a young topic, but in view of the scarcity of resources, dynamic population development, chemical and energy use, it is gaining dramatically in importance and poses major challenges for the textile industry and customer behaviour. Solutions to the problems arising worldwide for people and the environment in the extraction, further processing, finishing, making-up and transport of textile raw materials and the textile structures that extend to the finished market product all the way up to disposal and recycling are evaluated in this context.
Sustainable processes - management systems / sustainable products ►
|Fibres and materials from organic agriculture
|Traditional materials produced with gentle technologies and processes
|Manufacturing process with low energy and water consumption
|Corporate sustainability management system
|Fibers and materials deriving from farming processes that do not employ cruel animal experimentation
|Materials deriving from responsibly managed forests
|Processes with no use of hazardous chemicals
|Innovative bio-based chemical fibres
|Chemical fibres produced using closed-loop processes
|Materials derived from recycling
Advantages of the award ►
An award at the European Textile & Craft Awards generates attention and increases your visibility. The 2024 ETA AWARD is proof of the superior quality of the product and a reliable seal of quality for manufacturers and customers.
- The award winners are part of a unique community and make interesting and valuable contacts.
- The ETA Award is unique in this industry environment and enjoys the highest recognition due to its expertise.
- The winners receive the “ETA Award” figure.
- The winners will receive two copies of a high-quality award certificate.
- The ETA Award is widely publicised in print, online and social media and achieves theatre communicated in social media.
- The award winners will be provided with appropriate labels for corporate communication.
- The winning entries of the award winners will be published permanently in the online gallery including the link to the award-winning company.
- The jury provides all award winners with a short statement with reasons. This will be published in the online gallery and at presentations.
- The award-winning projects and products will be exhibited at the Int. Festival of Textile Craft, Textile Art & Design from 15-17 March 2024 at Maretsch Castle in Bolzano.
Submission / Nomination ►
Apply for the 2024 European Textile & Craft Awards and convince the jury that your performance deserves to be recognised and awarded. Admitted are the manufacturing industry, designers, craftsmen, artists, architects, universities and research institutions, museums, collectors, archives, hotels and restaurants.
Registration for the award is exclusively via the registration portal of the European Textile Academy (www.eurotextileacademy.com)
When submitting, please indicate on the registration form:
- Company address, the manufacturer’s website and contact persons.
- The company must have been registered with the Chamber of Commerce or the Economic Chamber.
- Description of the activity and the product (max. 500 characters, dt/it/eng).
- Discipline or category. If your product does not correspond to any of the subcategories, please select “Other” at this point.
- For the submission, the product presentation must be sent in hybrid form, if possible. This means that you provide us with an original product, sample, fabric quality, etc. and additional digital presentation options for judging. In some categories, it is possible to submit only digital presentation materials.
- After receipt of your registration you will receive the invoice for your participation.
The following file formats are permitted as digital material:
- Up to 10 images as JPG with a maximum of 10.1 MB each.
- Up to 5 videos as MP4 or MPG with a maximum of 1.4 GB each, recommended length: 2 min.
- Up to 5 PDF files with a maximum of 10 pages each and a maximum of 54.6 MB, 96 dpi.
Please note that the presentation material and description cannot be added to or edited after the registration has been completed. Make sure you have all materials complete and correct before completing the registration.
After your application, your submission will be thoroughly reviewed by our team of experts. You will then be informed in writing whether your submission meets the required criteria and has thus been nominated for participation in the 2024 ETA AWARDS. In case of non-admission, you will also receive a notification.
Registration and submission: by 21 October 2023, at the latest
Jury meeting: 9 and 10 November 2023
Publication of the nominees: December 2023
Gala Award Ceremony: Friday 12 January 2024 at the Waltherhaus in Bolzano
The winning projects will be exhibited in the Winner Gallery at the International Festival of Textile Crafts, Textile Art & Design from 15-17 March 2024 at Maretsch Castle in Bolzano.
The Award - Sections ►
Participation in the European Textile & Craft Award is possible in award categories. You can register your application in one category each, which seems to be advantageous for you. Below you will find the categories of the subject areas
The Award Categories
- Textile Craft
Textile crafts in the fields of weaving, dyeing, knitting, embroidery, upholstery, textile printing, millinery, etc.
- Sustainable Fashion Craft
Fashion Craft, Custom Tailoring
- Sustainable Fashion & Textile Industry
Sustainable industrial processing in women’s and men’s fashion, as well as in the textile industry
- Textile Art
Textile art, exhibition installations, etc.
- Textile Architecture
Textile constructions with membranes and ropes. Architecture of buildings of all kinds (Public buildings, sports facilities, industrial and corporate buildings, residential buildings, museums, hotels, etc.)
- Textile shading systems
Textile shading system, tent constructions, etc.
- Architecture with Natural Fibres
Contemporary architecture with fibres, e.g. from hemp, flax, straw, bamboo, willow, bark and renewable plant fibres, bark and renewable plant fibres. The extraordinary ecological and aesthetic qualities of natural fibres as building materials of the future are manifold.
Home fabrics and carpets, upholstered furniture, upholstered beds and home accessories, textile printing, Indoor and outdoor.
The award recognises hotels, inns and gastronomy establishments that have recognised the quality of textile furnishings in all guest areas for their competitiveness.
- Museums, Collections & Archives
The aim of the award is to recognise outstanding museum, collection and archive work and to highlight the quality of museum presentation and mediation work as well as the efforts to preserve “textiles” in all its areas as a cultural asset and to make it accessible to a broad public.
Textile subject areas that do not appear in the aforementioned categories, registration upon request.
Participation fees ►
|Sustainable Fashion Craft
|Sustainable Fashion & Textile Industry
|Textile shading systems
|Architecture with Natural Fibres
|Museums, Collections & Archives
The participation fees apply per submitted project plus the legally applicable VAT. The ETA Gala Awards Ceremony will take place on 12 January 2024 (subject to change) at the Waltherhaus in Bolzano. Tickets for the event can be booked via the Ticket Portal of the European Textile Academy (www.eurotextilacademy.com)
Anmeldeportal ETA-Award ►
Download information sheet ►
The European Textile & Craft Award is decided on by an independent international jury of experts made up of representatives from colleges, universities, crafts and industry, arts and culture.
The jury will select “Award” winners in each category, as well as an appropriate number of “Silver” winners. In addition, “Special Mention” awards are given for particularly noteworthy achievements.
- Overall concept
- Aesthetic and functional design
- Quality of processing
- Processed material or fibres
The above order does not represent an evaluation ranking for the jury. The jury is free to weight the individual criteria in the application. All applications submitted in due form and time will be presented to the jury for adjudication.
Maestro Gaetano Aloisio began learning the trade of tailoring at the age of 11, and in 1980 he moved to Milan where he attended the most famous tailoring schools. In 1986 he was awarded with Forbici d’Oro Award, the most prestigious award in the category. In 1991 he opened his own Atelier in Rome. From 1995 his creations cross the border to be worn all over the world. In 2011 he received the honor of the Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic with the decree of President of Italian Republic Mr Giorgio Napolitano. In 2013 he inaugurated the new headquarters of his Atelier inside the historic Villa Malta in via di Porta Pinciana 1, a prestigious address in the heart of Rome, a must-see for international visitors but also a symbolic place of Italian culture and creativity, all elements that are found in the elegance of the cuts and in the preciousness of the fabrics used for the garments that honor the best sartorial traditions. Gaetano Aloisio‘s creations are worn by the most important names in finance, politics and world industry, by various members of Royal Families and by many Heads of State. Today the name of Maestro Gaetano Aloisio is synonymous with the most authentic and sophisticated ’Made in Italy’ and absolute excellence in
artisan quality. Today he is the CEO of Gaetano Aloisio Atelier, Roma Style company, Aloisio
Camiceria shirtmaker company and Aloisio Banzola shoemaker company. The Atelier Gaetano Aloisio has 35 employees and is considered one of the largest Atelier not only in Italy but also worldwide. From 2019 Gaetano Aloisio is the President of Accademia Nazionale dei Sartori,
the Association of Italian Master Tailors and from 2023 he is the President of World Federation of Master Tailors.
In his “past life” Stefano was immersed in the high-voltage world of fashion and luxury goods. He was the ESCADA CEO for Italy and France and, before that, worked as a marketing manager for major brands like Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Jean Paul Gaultier and Ozbek. His wife Giorgia is the granddaughter of Gaetano Savini, who founded Brioni, the celebrated house of high fashion for men.
Then one day, Stefano, and his wife Giorgia, simply made the decision to leave the whole rat race behind. They were so struck by the power of this experience that they developed their own signature holiday concept: privacy and authenticity in the high mountains, on the high seas and in the heart of Rome − three places on our planet where time stands still. They expressly designed their San Lorenzo Lodges as deluxe yet wholly private havens far removed from the hustle and bustle of our modern world.
Today his mission is to be ambassadors of Italian style.
After graduating in International Political Sciences at the Cattolica University in Milan, and after a Master Class in Communication, Alberto Cavalli starts his career in fashion working for a well-known Milanese PR Agency. In 2001 he joins the Dolce & Gabbana International Press Office directed by Carla Buzzi, where he works until 2007 as Press Office Manager. In 2007 he joins Franco Cologni, the worldwide-known top manager of high jewellery and fine watch-making, to direct his Italian non-profit Foundation (Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte) dedicated to the promotion and protection of the finest Italian arts and crafts. In his role as General Manager he creates and follows a number of successful projects, from internships aimed at young artisans to the publishing of books and magazines, from academic research to teaching. In 2009 he co-curates the book “Mestieri d’arte e Made in Italy. Giacimenti culturali da riscoprire”, followed by “Artefici di bellezza” in 2013 and by “Il Valore del mestiere” in 2014, all published by Marsilio Editori (this last one has also been translated in English). From 2010 he is a visiting professor at the Creative Academy in Milan, and from 2014 he teaches “Bellezza Italiana” (the code of Italian beauty) at Milan’s Politecnico University. In 2016 he is named Executive Director of the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, a private, non-for-profit institution created in Geneva by Johann Rupert and Franco Cologni, with the aim to promote, protect and perpetuate the métiers d’art of excellence, bridging them into the future. For the Michelangelo Foundation he curates the international event “Homo Faber: Crafting a more human future” (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice). In 2020 he curated, for the Cologni Foundation, “Mirabilia. Una Wunderkammer per scoprire i mestieri d’arte milanesi”, the first of a cycle of exhibitions dedicated to Italian contemporary crafts, organised in the Quadreria space of Triennale Milano. He is the Editor in Chief of the magazine “Mestieri d’Arte & Design. Crafts Culture”, distributed twice a year to the subscribers of Elle Decor Italia. He is Vice President of the Noema Association for the promotion of musical culture (Milan).
Moritz Dörstelmann is Professor for Digital Design and Fabrication (DDF) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and founding partner of the robotic construction company FibR GmbH.
His academic work investigates digital circular construction concepts at the interdisciplinary interface of research and teaching through explorative prototyping of innovative material systems and construction technologies on 1:1 scale in application-oriented demonstrator projects.
His construction company FibR realizes resource efficient fiber composite lightweight structures as load bearing structures, facades and interiors in architectural projects through computational design and robotic fabrication at industrial scale.
At the intersection of application-oriented academic research and research-oriented industrial practice Moritz Dörstelmann´s work shows how digital design and manufacturing strategies can be used to explore a novel architectural design repertoire and enable socially relevant solutions to reduce resource consumption and enable circularity in construction.
Dirk P. Emmer has been in the world of textile construction for over 25 years. In the meantime, he has made a name for himself internationally not only as a project developer but also as an expert for this business. He loves to develop and support new solutions and ways .He also loves all natural fibers and special technical textiles. He likes to share his extensive knowledge in discussions, lectures and workshops - which also explains his commitment to the European Textile Academy.
Dominique Gauzin-Müller has been advocating sustainable architecture for almost 40 years through teaching, lectures, exhibitions and 23 books. She is an honorary professor of the Unesco Chair of "Clay Architecture, Building Culture and Sustainability" and co-founded the movement for happy and creative frugality in architecture and planning in 2018.
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GG Kirchner is an architect and a partner at METAFORM architects. He studied Product Design at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd graduating in 1993. In 2016 he became a member of the "Architektenkammer Baden-Würtenberg". He was particularly interested in the interface between design and architecture, which was a recurring theme in his work. In 1993 he started working as an architect for Hermann Valentiny, where he became a partner in 2010. In 2017 he became a partner at METAFORM architects which has grown to an award-winning firm with a multidisciplinary team of over 40 collaborators with offices in both Luxembourg and Dubai. The firm’s key achievements, including the creation of the Luxembourg pavilion at EXPO2020 in Dubai and Luxembourg’s first Velodrome, bear witness to its know-how and expertise. Their creative and daring approach brings a distinct signature style to each project. GG has played an active role in the field architecture as Lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Trier (2009), Member at the "Verein zur Förderung von Architektur, Engineering und Design" in Stuttgart and as founder and editor of the trade magazine Adato (2002). Furthermore, he appeared as a member of numerous juries.
Aurora Magni is President of Blumine srl, a research and consultancy company working in the field of sustainable textiles and fashion since 2010. She is a lecturer at LIUC-University Cattaneo School of Engineering and author of essays and articles on sustainability.
Sara Martinsen is a Danish designer based in Copenhagen Denmark. Martinsen works in the cross field of art and design creating edition pieces from bio based materials. Her approach is artistic and she likes to explore various materials while challenging new and old techniques. Her handcrafted pieces express the inherent qualities and characteristics of natural materials like straw, wood, plant fiber, clay and stone.
Saras work is sculptural with a distinct rhythm and tactility encouraging the user to touch, look and smell the piece, promoting awareness of its qualities through beautiful compositions.
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Stephanie Morcinek has more than 15 years of experience as a lifestyle and fashion journalist. Her professional career began after her training at the Axel Springer Academy, during which she completed stages at the newspapers Bild and Welt. She can look back on a wide range of experience, including her work as fashion editor at Grazia and Stylight as well as reporter for RTL, ProSieben and ZDF. Today she works as a freelance writer for renowned media such as InStyle, Elle, Emotion, ICONIST, FOGS and burda style. In her articles, she focuses particularly on the interactions between society and fashion, beauty and interior. Another focus is on sustainable innovations that point the way to a positive future.
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Art historian, author and curator with many years of experience in the exhibition sector. Since 2001 she has been a staff member and curator at Merano Arte. She has been intensively involved in weaving for several years and works as a weaver on three different looms.
Selection of exhibitions and publications supervised and/or curated: Michael Pacher e la sua cerchia (Südtiroler Kulturinstitut, Monastero di Novacella, 1998, a cura di Arthur Rosenauer); Hans Ebensberger – Ogni giorno è vita (Castelbello, 2001); Robert Scherer – Mani piene di colore (Castelbello, 2008); Prospettive di futuro – Merano 1945-1965 (Merano Arte, 2010); Alois Kuperion (insieme a Eva BaurMerano Arte, 2016); Frida Parmeggiani – Figurazioni tessili (Merano Arte, Mozarteum Salzburg, 2016); Armando Ronca – Architettura del moderno in Alto Adige (Merano Arte, 2017); Architetture recenti in Alto Adige (Merano Artw, 2012, 2018); Design from the Alps (insieme a Claudio Larcher, Massimio Martignoni, Merano Arte 2019); Cultura in movimento – Merano 1965-1990 (Merano Arte, 2020-2021); Eliografie incomplete: Gina Klaber Thusek - Elisabeth Hölzl (Merano Arte, 2022); Typoésien: Heinz Waibl, Siegfried Höllrigl (insieme a Andrea Muheim, Kuno Prey, Lioba Wackernell, Merano Arte, 2023); Nati nel 1923: Karl Grasser, Friedrich Gurschler, Josef Rainer (insieme a Eva Gratl, Castelbello, 2023).
Brigitte Steffen is a professor at the Faculty of Textiles at Reutlingen University and heads the FTDB (Fashion & Textile Design) course. Research work in the field of perception and material design as a partnership project with the University of Trier in the field of psychology in the research area of consumer behaviour. Her consultancy work includes design concepts for furnishings / interiors, the wood sector, furniture and materials, as well as material and surface design for companies in the fields of fashion, architecture, consumer products and interiors. Numerous publications and lectures on the topics of transportation, automotive living, fashion, trends, consumer behaviour.
Ute Strimmer, who holds a doctorate in art history, has roots in Val Venosta and has been Editor in Chief of the cultural heritage magazine RESTAURO and Editor of the architecture magazine BAUMEISTER since 2016. After her studies (dissertation with Paul von Naredi-Rainer, Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck), the architecture and art specialist was editor of the art magazine "Weltkunst" (ZEIT Verlag, Hamburg) for over ten years. At the Academy for Fashion & Design (Fresenius University of Applied Sciences), Ute Strimmer teaches art and cultural history. Ute Strimmer lives in Munich.
RESTAURO is all about "cultural heritage", the preservation and care of cultural assets - from paintings to textiles to architectural monuments. The journal, which was founded in 1894 and is rich in tradition, is aimed at practitioners and decision-makers in the preservation of cultural assets and in cultural management. As a scholarly medium, the journal is listed in the Munich Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (ZI), a central research institution for art history in Germany, and is accessible via the library’s online catalogue to scholars, entrepreneurs, auction houses and authorities and offices in the field of heritage conservation worldwide. The magazine is the leading publication in the German-speaking world and the oldest journal for conservation and restoration in the world. The owner-managed magazine (publisher Dominik Baur-Callwey) is published by GEORG Media.
The cultural and project manager Christian Vötter heads the Leopold Kohr Academy in Salzburg and Neukirchen. With a focus on organisation, marketing, talent and business development, he organises lectures, exhibitions, symposia and events. He has directed a number of international film projects and, as a founding member of the Schatzkammer Hohe Tauern, the multimedia Schatzkammer TV. Development and implementation of journalistic concepts. Specialist teacher for cultural tourism/cultural and project management - development of an interdisciplinary curriculum in the technical schools for economic professions, Bramberg. Management of the project Verein Alternativ-Technologie-Zentrum, Salzburg. Publishing director of TAURISKA. Co-founder of ARGE Pinzgau teachers with TAURISKA. Board member of the Leader Region Hohe Tauern National Park of the European Union. Construction of the Bramberg fruit press and the apple pomace drying plant. Foundation of the Genussregion Bramberger Obstsaft. Management consultant and own company.
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