The XVIII conference of the European Textile Network, ETN, will be held September 12-19, 2017 at the Swedish Museum of Textiles in Borås.
The conference co-organizers are the European Textile Network, ETN, together with the Swedish Museum of Textiles and Nordic Textile Art association. The conference aims to present a global perspective of the different textile practices and their interactions with a special focus on sustainable creativity and innovation in textile art and design.
The conference sessions will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. Speakers include Lij Edelkoort, one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters, Faigh Ahmed, Azerbaijani artist well known for his conceptual approach to traditional textiles, Jun Tomita, Japanese kasuri weaving master, Grethe Sørensen, Danish Jacquard weaver who recently received the Nordic Award in Textiles, and Catharine Ellis, who together with textile chemist Joy Boutrup, will talk about collaborative projects between art and science, among others. 
Pre- and a post-conference programs feature textile tours in the city and the region and a set of workshops on a mix of low and high textile tech from digital to kasuri weaving and from origami to natural dyes. A large program of satellite exhibitions starring Ahmed’s and Sørensen’s solo shows and NTA  (Nordic Textile Art) and TEXO (Finnish Textile Association) collective exhibitions will be on view.
The European Textile Network, ETN, is bringing together cultural producers (artists, designers, craft people, authors etc.), cultural heritage institutions (museums, archives, libraries etc.), lecturers, researchers and textile enthusiasts in order to promote the exchange of information and experiences, to encourage cooperation in projects, and to arrange meetings. 
ETN is a non-profit organization founded in 1993.
The Textile Museum of Sweden is a part of Textile Fashion Centre located in a former industrial area of Borås. The permanent exhibition about the textile industry, Textile Power, makes visitors aware of the significance of the textile industry.
Nordic Textile Art, NTA was founded in 2006 to create opportunities for contacts and contribute to establish a new network and meeting places for Nordic Textile Art. They organize exhibitions and workshops and meet annually in a textile event that comprises lectures, exhibitions and guided visits. They have about 200 members from all Nordic countries and sit on the Board of the European Textile Network.