This issue of RISE focuses on tissue in text(ile)s. It is the result of a workshop on text(ile)s we held in the Leuven Centre of Irish Studies (LCIS) on 9 -10 December 2016 where we discussed the links between the weaving and wearing of textile, and the representation of these in art and anthropology, in archeology and history, but mainly in literary texts, more specifically poetry. As this symposium was organized by the LCIS it was conceived as an interdisciplinary research exercise, starting off with the bigger European picture, then moving to Ireland, the laboratory where theories are tested on Irish history, Irish art, Irish literature. Many contributions focus on the way in which the textile motif can highlight how the material and the immaterial can be interwoven (Enright, Carson, Clutterbuck, Paterson, Coughlan, Karhio, Armstrong, Richardson) while others link textile with politics (Bryan, Duffy, Collins, Armstrong, Paterson). In the making of this issue, the women weavers have been a vast majority. Of the fourteen contributors eleven are women, and the topics were often women writers, women weavers or women wearers, all leading to new concepts inspired by feminine aesthetics, which tend to foreground the complex realities of textiled bodies, woven senses and colourful, intricate interactions.