Braille for textiles

Visually impaired people are facing a lot of problems. To manage these difficulties, they always need innovative ideas to alleviate their everyday routine. With a new, patented procedure, texts and symbols are now embroiderable in Braille by ZSK-embroidery-machines. That will simplify orientation in the daily-life of many blind people.

Blind woman in front of her wardrobe

Embroidered Braille will help to choose the right clothes

Choosing clothes is important for many blind persons. They see less to nothing, but they are seen remarkably well in most cases. Therefore, it is important, to be able to trust in their outfit. They need assistance with the choice of their apparel. Embroidered indications enable blind people to handle this situation on their own. They do not need any longer inaccurate and expensive technical devices, like colour or barcode scanners.  Non-textile differentiators, like metal- or plastic-sheets become dispensable.  They limit wear comfort and care of the garments and there is always a risk of damaging the textiles with foreign materials in the washer or drier.

Embroidered Braille as a mass-product

Embroidering Braille industrially has often been tried without success. The problem of destroying the pillar fabric while embroidering, was solved firstly during the cooperation of ZSK Stickmaschinen GmbH and Kampmann International GmbH. The newly invented procedure preserves the textile, and actually the dots are still readable after accidental over-ironing. A convexity of 0.4mm guarantees the readability.

Awarded method of Kampmann International

Jürgen and Eveline Kampmann at the award show for 'Promotional Gift Award 2013'

Jürgen and Eveline Kampmann

The procedure was patented by Kampmann International and can only be performed by ZSK embroidery machines and software. Kampmann International, specialized in embroidery and textile refinement, has been awarded many  times for this method. “TecStyle Brand Award 2011“, „Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft 2011“ and „Promotional Gift Award 2013“ are a few among others. In 2011, the company was one of the finalists of the „Braille 21 Innovation Award“. This award of the World Blind Union honors innovative Braille-inventions, that guarantee worldwide affordability and approachability. All these distinctions prove the high value of this idea for the group of visually impaired people. “I had the idea to make Braille letters embroiderable and transferable to all kinds of different textiles,  when I heard a talk at the Didacta 2010 in Cologne. A mother told some representatives from a school for blind children about her problem that her blind child often brought home the clothes of other children after physical education, because the pupils mixed up their clothes in the dressing room without noticing.” tells Jürgen Kampmann.

Mass-produced Braille

Towels with ZSK Logo

Braille is now available for textile mass production.

The newly invented method to embroider Braille industrially opens a lot of new opportunities. Formerly single garments had to be embroidered with high effort e.g. to help blind children distinguishing their clothes. Now, everyone has the chance embroider textiles with Braille in high or low quantities with only little effort. It also creates new opportunities for designers, who can design individual clothing especially for blind people. Textiles, like garments, beddings, towels or bags are marked and individualized for many different reasons and sectors. To these belong sport or working clothes, or catering and hotel industry. Another possible area of use for embroidered Braille is the production of advertising material, particularly for blind people.

Freedom of barriers

Applying differentiators or care instructions to textiles offers a lot of opportunities to simplify the daily work and leisure of blind people. The enhanced self-determination improves the accessibility to public life, too. This fulfills the demands of various UN and EU resolutions and laws and leads to a higher quality of life for visually impaired people.

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