Material Institute is a new space for design and manufacture of garments, textiles and fashion in New Orleans. The program focuses on learning through hands on experimentation and individual expression through artistic practice. The Institute opened with a pilot in November 2018, carrying through to summer 2019. The tools include industrial sewing machines, a weaving loom, sublimation printer and heat press and natural dye equipment.
The space is founded on the belief in the value of free high quality education for all; and the learning environment as a community. Material Institute grows out of the incredible, unique and diverse heritage of craft, costuming and fashions of New Orleans.