About Us

The founders of berlin textile coop., Sara Diaz Rodriguez and Essi Johanna Glomb, share both a passion for textiles, textile processes and sustainability, but also the vision to build new structures for their development and partnerships with local and regional stakeholders of the textile industry. As a promising sector, they want to strengthen the (Berlin) textile scene and develop empowerment strategies for future generations based on their own experiences in the traditional textile industry. An important building block here is the accessibility of technology and know-how - which is a core focus of the berlin textile coop.

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Sara Diaz Rodriguez 

Sara Diaz Rodriguez is a textile expert, design researcher and co-founder of Studio HILO in Berlin. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Textile and Surface Design from the Berlin-Weissensee School of Art. In 2018, she co-founded Studio HILO with Natalija Krasnoperova to develop open-source textile tools that explore circular processes and small-scale textile production. Since then, they have developed several open-source spinning machines and software to enable designers and researchers to produce their own digitally programmed yarn.


Essi Johanna Glomb

Essi Johanna Glomb is a textile designer and design researcher with a focus on sustainability, new materials and new forms of cooperation within the textile industry. As a studied textile and surface designer, she combines the fields of (textile) research, design and application in her practice. Since 2017, she established the Textile Prototyping Lab as a BMBF-funded research project focusing on design research, open innovation and the development of innovative textiles as well as novel networks within the German textile industry and continues it as a spin-off since 2022 with her co-founder Karina Wirth. As a long-time lecturer, she teaches at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and other renowned institutions with a focus on conceptual textiles and sustainable design strategies.