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Governor Charlie Baker on Monday joined Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, Congressman Joe Kennedy III, United States Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics James MacStravic, MIT President Dr. L Rafael Reif, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) CEO Dr. Yoel Fink and industry leaders to celebrate the opening of the AFFOA headquarters and textile innovation hub. More from the Boston Globe:

Massachusetts lost its leadership in the textile trade a century ago. But a new research effort at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could launch a comeback, by developing smart fabrics that can send messages, tune in audio signals, or change colors on command.

“Fabric is the new software,” said Yoel Fink. an MIT professor of materials science and chief executive of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America. AFFOA is a public-private partnership founded last year, headquartered at MIT, and backed by more than $300 million from universities, corporations, and federal and state governments throughout the United States.

“As a state that was fundamentally all about fibers and textiles for years and years, this was an opportunity for us to grab back some of our heritage,” said Governor Charlie Baker, who attended Monday’s grand opening of AFFOA and its Fabric Discovery Center, a laboratory for creating innovative fibers, fabrics, and clothing items.

Similar centers are slated to open at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, as well as at other US locations.

Continue reading at BostonGlobe.com.

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