New Materiality in Intimate Care

Teresa Almeida

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Textiles have a long history of supporting personal health and wellbeing, and textile innovations concerned with the body abound. This paper delves into the biology of the body and brings to the fore its materiality as embodiment to reimagine modes of knowing in intimate care through textiles. It introduces two designerly studies of intimate care in women to advance that material engagement enables knowing and that the fabric of the body is a material of care in itself. In this paper, I embrace an epistemic practice that entwines a feminine sociocultural imaginary that challenges traditional approaches to health and care and, nonetheless, the design of textiles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd Textile Intersections Conference
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherLoughborough University
Publication date12 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2019


  • intimate care
  • critical textiles
  • new materialisms
  • women’s health
  • biology of the body


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