Evaluating Thermal and Sensorial Performance of Organic Cotton, Bamboo-Blended, and Soybean-Blended Fabrics

Su Kyoung An, Hae Jin Gam, Huantian Cao

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Abstract

In recent years, consumers have begun showing an increased interest in environmentally friendly fibers along with growing concerns about environmental problems. This trend encourages the development and use of fibers from renewable sources as substitutes for petroleum-based synthetic fibers in the textile and apparel industry. Though renewable fibers have already been used for many purposes and will become an important element of the apparel industry, there lacks the objective performance evaluation of fabrics made with renewable sourced fibers. This study evaluated comfort and sensorial performance of knit fabrics for young children's clothing made with renewable fibers. In this research, organic cotton, bamboo viscose blended, and soybean blended fabrics with jersey, French terry and 1x1 rib knit structures were investigated. Effects from fabric thickness, fiber content, and knit structure on comfort and sensorial performance were assessed. Appropriate fabric choices for different apparel applications were also suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-166
Number of pages10
JournalClothing and Textiles Research Journal
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2013

Keywords

  • environment-friendly fabrics
  • hand
  • renewable fabrics
  • thermal comfort

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