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Advanced Textiles Source
May 2015
Pink prickly chaff flower
Research has shown that natural herbs such as the prickly chaff flower can be used with cotton to provide antimicrobial properties to textiles.

Green medical textiles: the next phase

by Seshadri Ramkumar

The textile industry has taken steps to reduce environmental load by moving away from processes and products that can pollute. The medical textiles sector has focused its attention on functionality, quality and standard compliance; the next phase should be to develop cost-effective, “greener” processes and products. [More]

Nano platelets, about 2-4 nm thick, offer a low-cost, high-yield method of producing graphene. Photo:

Will graphene disrupt the textile industry?

by Debra Cobb

During New York Textile Week in July, the Ideas for Change Conference explored ideas that may hold the potential to move the industry forward. Much discussed at this event, graphene is being touted as the wonder material of the 21st century. [More]

Far infrared radiation (FIR): Its biological effects and medical applications, including FIR emitting ceramics and fabrics


Far infrared (FIR) radiation (λ = 3–100 μm) is a subdivision of the electromagnetic spectrum that has been investigated for biological effects. The goal of this review is to cover the use of a further subdivision (3–12 μm) of this waveband, that has been observed in both in vitro and in vivo studies, to stimulate cells and tissue, and is considered a promising treatment modality for certain medical conditions. Technological advances have provided new techniques for delivering FIR radiation to the human body. Specialty lamps and saunas, delivering pure FIR radiation (eliminating completely the near and mid infrared bands), have became safe, effective and widely used sources to generate therapeutic effects. Fibers impregnated with FIR emitting ceramic nanoparticles and woven into fabrics, are being used as garments and wraps to generate FIR radiation, and attain health benefits from its effects.[More]
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Textile Testing Can Help Build Strong Patents

Art MacCord

This year’s IFAI Expo in Anaheim will showcase testing of textiles. Data from testing provides objective criteria for the properties of the textile, which can be critical in having the Patent Office issue a patent, and to having a court enforce the patent against an infringer, and attain health benefits from its effects. [More]
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Thermo-color map reveals weather conditions

Thermo-color map reveals weather conditions

The Bath °C Thermo Color Map helps the user find the best places to visit, depending on the weather. Designed by Camilla Hempleman, the map uses thermo-chromic inks activated at different temperatures, which reveals layers of hand-illustrated buildings and attractions. [More]

Photo: Camilla Hempleman.

Smart textile market to see dramatic growth

The global market for smart textiles is expected to be valued at $1.59 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 24.1 percent from 2013 to 2020, according to a new market report. [More]

Aquafil, Speedo to recycle swimwear fabric

Aquafil, Speedo to recycle swimwear fabric

Italian yarn company Aquafil has partnered with Speedo USA to recycle swimwear scrap material into Econyl nylon. Speedo’s PowerFLEX Eco swimwear will be made from the nylon 6, creating a closed-loop manufacturing partnership. [More]

Seeing the unseen—in color

Seeing the unseen—in color

London design studio The Unseen recently developed a sculptural jacket that is capable of detecting and reacting to brain activity, the company says, then changing its color based on how the wearer is feeling at any given time. [More]

Photo: The Unseen.
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