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Knitted rug: Alice Wäfler with «Land(s)mann»

Alice Wäfler, «Land(s)mann -project for an industrially knitted rug made out of locally sourced wool»

Next Call for Projects is now open – More information here

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The Swiss textile designer Alice Wäfler recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels with a Master Degree in Textile Design and an executive Master in Knitting Design. During the four years of her studies she experimented with the wide range of yarn.

With «Land(s)mann» Alice Wäfler aims to explore the ecological and social sustainability of the rug with a strong focus on the local scale. For the Berlin-based designer it is important to work with her Swiss heritage – with «Land(s)mann» she wants to continue the rich tradition of the swiss textile industry.

«Land(s)mann» is one of the 16 supported projects of the Pro Helvetia Design Call. The next Call for Projects has now opened and will run until 1 September 2019. Designers within the fields of fashion, product design, furniture, graphic and textile design can apply to this Call. The selected project will benefit a tailored support according to their needs from the concept phase through prototype development and production to distribution.

Please check our Calls page for complete information about the conditions for application.

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.