She will also hear about how the industry is transforming to place emphasis on sustainable practices as well as how it is working with academic institutions to educate and upskill young people during the visit on Tuesday September 26.
Her Royal Highness has long been passionate about the importance of the textiles industry.
The Princess’ paternal ancestors were the owners of the woollen manufacturer and merchant, William Lupton & Co, which was based in Leeds.
The Princess will start her day in Leeds where she will visit AW Hainsworth, a family-owned heritage textile mill which was established in 1783 and manufactures British woollen cloth, high-performing technical textiles, and iconic fabrics.
In 1958, The Princess’ great-great grandfather sold William Lupton & Co to AW Hainsworth.
Her Royal Highness will learn more about the mills’ historic connection to her ancestors during her time there.
AW Hainsworth is proud to hold a Royal Warrant and its fabrics were on display during the Coronations of both Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1953 and His Majesty The King earlier this year.
During her time at AW Hainsworth, Her Royal Highness will receive a tour of the mill, learning about the manufacturing process of textile – from yarn to fabric – and how traditional machinery and techniques are the backbone of today’ s industry. She will meet a number of the company’s apprentices, alongside their mentors, who are passing down generations of specialist skills.
The Princess will then visit the new state-of-the-art on-site laboratory which the company is using for cutting-edge innovation and product development.
Her Royal Highness will be joined by Professor Stephen Russell, the Founding Director of Future Fashion Factory (FFF), an industry-led collaborative R&D programme that harnesses academic and business expertise to design and deliver innovation in fashion and textiles.
Stephen is also the Director of the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), a world leading research institute bringing together expertise in design, technology, science and engineering. He collaborates with the team at Hainsworth regularly.
Her Royal Highness will hear about the importance of innovation in the textiles industry as it looks to the future.