Digital Weaving Norway (DWN) is a department of the Norway-based engineering firm Tronrud Engineering that manufactures digital weaving looms called the Thread Controller 2 (TC2). The loom enables the weaver to expedite the process of converting ideas into actual form or woven fabrics.
It was in the early 90s that Vibeke Vestby, then a weaving professor from Oslo (Norway), began toying with the idea of developing a Jacquard weaving loom based on computer technology. The Norwegian economy was booming and the government was encouraging research projects, particularly concerning traditional crafts with new technology. Vibeke sent in a proposal to develop a digital weaving loom, and after getting a go ahead, she partnered with Tronrud Engineering and began to develop the loom. It took four prototypes and five years of intensive research before the Thread Controller 1 (TC1) was born. Although the TC1 was in itself an ‘ahead of its times’ loom, DWN strived to build an upgrade. Based on its own research and valuable feedback from users, DWN finally rolled out the TC2 in 2012. The TC2 was more than an upgrade, it was a brand new machine that overcame all the challenges of TC1 and other contemporary looms.
To offer the ultimate design tool for weavers! Our vision is to revolutionize handweaving by offering the most flexible, interactive and dynamic handloom ever! We bridge the gap between traditional dobby looms and Jacquard looms by offering individual control of every single warp end!