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WOVNS allows everyone to turn their digital designs into custom Jacquard-woven fabric, in quantities as small as a single yard.
WOVNS allows everyone to turn their digital designs into custom Jacquard-woven fabric, in quantities as small as a single yard.
WOVNS allows everyone to turn their digital designs into custom Jacquard-woven fabric, in quantities as small as a single yard.
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 Introducing WOVNS

WOVNS is a platform that empowers everyone to create their own woven textiles. Unlike digital printing, weaving integrates a design into the very construction of the fabric, yielding a textile rich in both color and texture. WOVNS fabric is perfect for medium-weight apparel such as shorts, dresses, bags, and wraps, as well as home decor including upholstery, pillows, and throws. Or think of your own creative uses.

Start bringing your designs to life!

WOVNS Ecosystem

WOVNS connects you to quality U.S. textile manufacturers using industry-standard Jacquard looms. Our process makes it easy for you to scale from one-offs to production quantities. Check out our update titled, Our Process, for details.

How WOVNS Works

Curious Sound by Nickolas Chelyapov
Curious Sound by Nickolas Chelyapov

With WOVNS, you can create custom textile products like scarves, pillows, bags, throws, and more. Just follow these three easy steps:

  • Step 1: Create your design.
  • Step 2: Order your custom WOVNS fabric.
  • Step 3: Make your own unique products.

Our tutorials make it simple to get started with making your own textile designs and products.

 Making With WOVNS

Products you can make with under 2 yards of fabric. See details in the Rewards section.
Products you can make with under 2 yards of fabric. See details in the Rewards section.
 

Designing Your Own WOVNS Fabric 

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WOVNS Qualities and Colors 

From Left: Poncho made with 2 yards of Talma Quality fabric in Painted Stripes by Ritsuko Hirai. 18" x 18" Pillow made with 2/3 of a yard of Divan Quality fabric in Amalia by Carmel Karni.
From Left: Poncho made with 2 yards of Talma Quality fabric in Painted Stripes by Ritsuko Hirai. 18" x 18" Pillow made with 2/3 of a yard of Divan Quality fabric in Amalia by Carmel Karni.

 Divan Quality

A robust cotton, polyester and rayon blend, ideal for upholstery, pillows, bags, and more. See Divan color palettes here.

  • Width: 54 inches (137 cm)
  • Repeat: max design repeat is 13.5 inches wide (34.3 cm)
  • Weight: ~13.6 oz / linear yard (418.5 gr / linear meter)

* Yardage conversion: 1 yard = .9 meters

 Talma Quality

A soft cotton and rayon blend, ideal for shorts, dresses, scarves, wraps, throws, duvet covers, table linens, beach blankets, and more. See Talma color palettes here.

  • Width: 46.5 inches (118 cm)
  • Repeat: max design repeat is 46.5 inches wide / full width (118 cm)
  • Weight: ~15 oz / linear yard (465 gr / linear meter)

* Yardage conversion: 1 yard = .9 meters 

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About Jacquard Textile Manufacturing + Our Process

Jacquard weaving through time
Jacquard weaving through time

The development of the modern day computer can be traced to the Jacquard loom. In 1801, Joseph Marie Jacquard invented a power loom that could create weave structures from hole patterns on punched wooden cards. This punched card technology influenced the mathematician, Charles Babbage, in the development of the first programmable calculating machine––the Analytical Engine. Babbage saw that the pattern of holes could be used to represent an abstract idea such as a problem statement or the raw data required for a problem's solution.

Despite its influence on innovation, few people have access to Jacquard weaving. Before WOVNS, getting a woven textile produced required ordering hundreds of yards of fabric, plus insider knowledge. From the spinning of yarns to the winding of warps (large beams of thread loaded onto the looms), the overhead is high.

Working with U.S. textile manufacturers, we have developed a patent pending system for jacquard looms that enables textile production in quantities as small as a single yard. Our system allows you to transform any digital design into a custom pattern of interlaced threads. WOVNS is revolutionizing the way textiles are produced, giving independent designers access to the means of production.

Converting Digital Files into Woven Structures and Optimization for Production

From left: WOVNS digital palettes; aggregated designs coming off the loom after weaving
From left: WOVNS digital palettes; aggregated designs coming off the loom after weaving

WOVNS provides digital color palettes for you to use in your design file. Based on the digital colors that you choose, we apply the correlating weaves.

We enable smaller orders through weaving multiple designs together during a single production run. Our patent-pending software analyzes user -submitted designs to identify files with complementary attributes. From that analysis, we generate an aggregated design file that we use to produce a continuous run of the multiple designs. Once produced, we cut the yardage into your individual designs and send to you.

In short, WOVNS takes the idea of “power in numbers” and applies it to textile production!

WOVNS Fabric Rewards

Curious Sound by Nickolas Chelyapov, Fog & Sun by Katherine Teresa Foster
Curious Sound by Nickolas Chelyapov, Fog & Sun by Katherine Teresa Foster

Design Your Own Woven Fabric! Includes early access to the WOVNS platform. Check out our fabric qualities and specifications here to see how much yardage you need for your next project. For multi-yard rewards, you can submit multiple designs (in whole-yard increments).

$40 Reward: Early Bird: Design Your Own Woven Fabric (1+ Yards)

Be the first to have access to the WOVNS platform to create your own woven fabric. Add $40 for each additional yard. Limited to 50 backers.

$45 - $400 Reward: Design Your Own Woven Fabric 

Add $45 for each additional yard. See Rewards section for details.

* Yardage conversion: 1 yard = .9 meters

WOVNS Color Palettes (Swatch Blankets) Rewards

Start designing like a pro by using WOVNS Color Palettes while you design your fabric. These woven palettes (also known as "swatch blankets" in the textile industry) let you see and feel the colors and weaves available in the each WOVNS digital color series. See swatch blanket quality / color series options here

Includes early access to upload to the WOVNS platform. On WOVNS, you can download the digital palettes associated with each color series for use in your design files. See our FAQ section at bottom and tutorials for more details on how to use digital color palettes in your files.

$75+ Reward: WOVNS Color Palettes (1+)

Available with the "Design Your Own Woven Fabric" Rewards. $75 per woven color series. See Rewards section for details.

$225 Reward: WOVNS Color Palettes (Set of 4)

All four woven color series of one of the WOVNS qualities. ($75 off retail)

$450 Reward: WOVNS Color Palettes (Complete Set)

Includes all eight currently available woven color series and qualities. ($150 off retail)

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WOVNS Product Rewards

Includes early access to the WOVNS platform.

$30 Reward: WOVNS Pouch 

  • Available in Digital Ombré by CW&T and Mermaids by Julia Rothman (pictured). See design options here
  • Materials required to make your own: 1 square foot of WOVNS fabric, nylon lining and notions.
WOVNS Pouch by Julia Rothman. Choose from 2 patterns.
WOVNS Pouch by Julia Rothman. Choose from 2 patterns.

 $50 Reward: WOVNS Laptop Cases

  • Available in Amalia by Carmel Karni, Digital Ombré by CW&T, and Moth Moon by Corinne Leigh, and Spritzer (pictured). 
  • Comes in two sizes (for 13" and 15" Mac laptops). See design options here.
  • Materials required to make your own: 1/3 yard of Divan quality fabric, nylon lining and notions.
WOVNS Laptop Case in Spritzer. Select from 4 patterns.
WOVNS Laptop Case in Spritzer. Select from 4 patterns.

$65 Reward: WOVNS Scarf

  • Available in Curious Sound by Nickolas Chelyapov (pictured), Raneytown Nature by Rebeca Raney, Mosaic (pictured), and SPF. See design options here.
  • Available in 2 sizes: 15" x 72" rectangle; 46" x 46" square. Fringe not included in final product.
  • Materials required to make your own: 2 yards of Talma quality fabric. 

 

WOVNS Scarf, shown in Mosaic. Select from 4 patterns.
WOVNS Scarf, shown in Mosaic. Select from 4 patterns.

$75 Reward: WOVNS Tote 

  • Available in Digital Ombré by CW&T (pictured), Mermaids by Julia Rothman, and Moth Moon by Corinne Leigh. See design options here.
  • Materials required to make your own: 2/5 yard Divan quality fabric, nylon lining and canvas bottom.
WOVNS Tote in Digital Ombré  by CW&T. Select from 3 patterns.
WOVNS Tote in Digital Ombré by CW&T. Select from 3 patterns.

 $150 Reward: WOVNS Duffel Bag

  • Available in Digital Ombré by CW&T (pictured), Mermaids by Julia Rothman, and Moth Moon by Corinne Leigh. See design options here.
  • Materials required to make your own: 1/2 yard Divan quality fabric, nylon lining, canvas bottom and sides, cotton straps, and notions.
WOVNS Duffel in Digital Ombre by CW&T. Select from 3 patterns
WOVNS Duffel in Digital Ombre by CW&T. Select from 3 patterns

$160 Reward: WOVNS Throw Blanket

  • These 4' x 6' throws are great multi-purpose pieces suitable for the beach, picnics, tablecloths, or sofa blankets.
  • Available in Curious Sound by Nickolas Chelyapov, Doodle #1 by NYSometimes, Mosaic, Tumble, and SPFSee design options here.
  • Materials required to make your own: 2 yards of Talma quality fabric.

 

From left: WOVNS throw in Doodle#1, by NYSometimes, & Tumble, Ice Blue. Choose from 9 patterns.
From left: WOVNS throw in Doodle#1, by NYSometimes, & Tumble, Ice Blue. Choose from 9 patterns.

$255 Reward: WOVNS Travel Set   

WOVNS Travel Set. Select from 3 patterns.
WOVNS Travel Set. Select from 3 patterns.
  • Includes WOVNS Pouch, Tote, and Duffle Bag
  • Available in Digital Ombré by CW&T, Mermaids by Julia Rothman, and Moth Moon by Corinne Leigh. See design options here.
  • Materials required to make your own: 1 1/4 yards Divan quality fabric, nylon lining, canvas bottom and sides, cotton straps, and notions.

WOVNS Workshop Reward ($1000)

We'll travel to you to give a one-day workshop on how to design your own fabric with WOVNS!

  • Includes early access to the WOVNS platform.
  • Individual or group instruction. Great for schools.
  • Travel and accommodation not included.

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Your Support

Your support will enable us to:

  • Expand our fabric qualities and color palettes. 
  • Expand beyond offering custom fabric yardage to allow for the creation of your own woven products! 
  • Develop and deploy design and simulation tools on the WOVNS platform. 
  • Provide the much needed support to maintain the platform.

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Fulfillment

Fulfillment Timeline
Fulfillment Timeline

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The Team

WOVNS was founded by twins Dena and Chelsea Molnar. With a background in the textiles industry, Dena specializes in the design and fabrication of woven textiles. She has worked for U.S. textile mills and leading suppliers of fabric to architects and designers in NYC. She actively develops systems that transform the way designers make things. Dena holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Technology from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Chelsea is an architectural and interior designer, specializing in High End Residential and Hospitality design and is also a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. She is interested in introducing the architectural and design communities to a new realm of textiles in the digital age.

Chelsea & Dena
Chelsea & Dena

David A. Mellis is the technology lead at WOVNS. David has a long history with DIY and personal fabrication, both in academia and industry. His work seeks to engage new audiences in technology, design, and making. David is one of the co-founders of the Arduino electronics prototyping platform. He has a PhD from the MIT Media Lab and is currently a postdoc at UC Berkeley.

Jarad Stahl is the operations lead at WOVNS. Jarad has worked in software development for the publishing and banking industries in NYC and Sydney. Jarad has a degree in technology from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia.

David Mellis, Jarad Stahl
David Mellis, Jarad Stahl

 

 

Risks and challenges

The process of making the WOVNS platform available to users has been underway for several years. Developing the platform and finding the right manufacturing partners to implement our system has been no easy task.

Fortunately, we have spent the past 2 years vetting our manufacturing partners and ironing out production logistics so that your designs can be easily uploaded and woven as scheduled. We have established strong relationships with our manufacturers and have worked out the kinks ahead of time to ensure a steady launch!

WOVNS is ready to revolutionize textile production. Help us make WOVNS a reality!

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    WOVNS Pouch

    Great for small items such as your cell phone, keys, cash, passport, or cosmetics. The pouch features a WOVNS textile exterior, and a water resistant nylon interior.

    Dimensions: 4"H x 6.25"W x 2" D
    Qualities: Design dependent, see WOVNS Collection.

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    Early Bird: Design Your Own Fabric!

    Be the first to receive access to upload to the WOVNS platform and have your fabric produced. On WOVNS, you can learn how to create the perfect textile design, select qualities & colors, submit, and receive your custom woven fabric.

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    Design 1 Yard Of Your Own Woven Fabric!

    Receive early access to upload to the WOVNS platform. On WOVNS, you can learn how to create the perfect textile design, select qualities & colors, submit, and receive your custom woven fabric.

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    WOVNS Laptop Cases

    Our laptop cases feature a WOVNS textile, 4mm foam padding and water resistant nylon interior. Zipper closure.

    Two sizes perfect for Macbooks:
    13.75" x 10.25" x .75"
    15" x 10.5" x .75".

    Quality: Divan (cotton, rayon, and polyester)

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    WOVNS Scarf

    Perfect for Spring or Fall!

    Two sizes:
    15" x 72" rectangle, 46" x 46" square scarf
    Quality: Talma (cotton and rayon)

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    WOVNS Tote

    The WOVNS Tote is perfect for all your daily items such as laptop, wallet, or groceries. This tote features a WOVNS textile upper, a sturdy water repellant canvas bottom, and water-resistant nylon lining.

    Dimensions: 14.25"L x 13"W x 3” D
    Quality: Divan (cotton and polyester upper, canvas bottom)

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    Design 2 Yards Of Your Own Woven Fabric!

    Receive early access to upload to the WOVNS platform. On WOVNS, you can learn how to create the perfect textile design, select qualities & colors, submit, and receive your custom woven fabric.

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    WOVNS Duffel Bag

    The WOVNS Duffel Bag is great for all your city or weekend travels! This duffel features a WOVNS textile upper, a sturdy water resistant canvas bottom, water resistant nylon lining, cotton carry straps, plus a removable shoulder strap.

    Dimensions: 21"L x 11.5"W x 12"H
    Quality: Divan (cotton and polyester upper, canvas bottom)

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    WOVNS Throw Blanket

    WOVNS throws are great multi-purpose pieces, perfect for the beach, picnics, table cloths, or sofa blankets.

    Dimensions: 72"L x 46"W
    Quality: Talma (cotton and rayon)

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    Design 5 Yards of Your Own Woven Fabric!

    This reward gives you early access to upload to the WOVNS platform. Select qualities and colors from the platform, create your textile design, and receive your own woven fabric yardage ($25+ off retail).

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    WOVNS Color Palettes - Set of 4

    Start designing like a pro by using WOVNS Color Palettes while you design your fabric. Your choice of quality. Includes early access to upload to the WOVNS platform ($75 off retail).

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    WOVNS Travel Set

    Have it all with a WOVNS Travel Set.
    The set includes a Pouch + Tote +Duffel Bag.

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    Design 10 Yards of Woven Fabric!

    This reward gives you early access to upload to the WOVNS platform. Select qualities and colors on the platform, create your textile design, and receive your own woven fabric yardage ($50+ off retail).

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    WOVNS Color Palettes - Complete Set

    Start designing like a pro by using WOVNS Color Palettes while you design your fabric. This reward offers you the complete set of currently available woven palettes- 4 Divan Palettes, and 4 Talma Palettes. Includes early access to upload to the WOVNS platform ($175 off retail).

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    WOVNS Workshop

    We'll travel to you to give an in-person workshop on how to design your own fabric with WOVNS.

    Individual or group instruction.
    Great for schools! Travel and accommodation not included.

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