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  The Advanced Section includes data and images that allow comparison and analysis of fabric characteristics. This is designed with institutions and individuals in mind who do not have access to laboratory facilities to conduct such tests. Data in spreadsheet and HTML formats for approximately 90 fabrics allows a mechanism for comparison and evaluation of one or more fabrics based on characteristics such as fiber content, fabric weight and fabric construction. Basic weave fabrics from The Textile Kit™ and Testfabrics, Inc. have been used for this section. Therefore, as in the Intermediate section, the tactile properties can be examined by using the software in conjunction with The Textile Kit™. In addition, a user interested in product development can analyze the data for fabrics from Testfabrics, Inc. and order the yardage needed for a project.

The top menu bar provides easy access to data for plain, twill and satin weave fabrics. Summary tables include links to fabric data and an image page. The tables also include fiber content, yarn type and characteristics, fabric count, weight, thickness, breaking strength, and tearing strength data. Fabric data and image pages include data as well as thumbnails for fabric opacity, wrinkle recovery, drape, pleating, count, and yarns.

      The main categories and sub-categories in this section are:

  • Data by Fiber Content: Cotton, Wool, Silk, Polyester, Nylon, Cotton/Polyester, Cotton/Spandex, Rayon and Acetate, Others
  • Data by Fabric Weight: Very Lightweight, Lightweight, Medium weight, Heavyweight
  • Data by Fabric Name: Batiste, Broadcloth, Chiffon, Crepe de Chine, Duck, Georgette, Organza, Poplin, Printcloth, Sateen, Satin, Sheeting, Shirting, Suiting, Taffeta
  • Data by Reference Number: Textile Kit #, Test fabrics #
  • Data by Fabric ID: 1-50, 51-100, 101-150
Assignment Ideas:
Download and save the Excel spreadsheet for following applications:
- Sort data by fiber content and compare the strength for fabrics with similar fiber content.
- Sort data by fabric weight and compare the strength for fabrics with similar weight.
- Sort data by fabric construction and compare the tearing strength of fabrics with different fabric construction.
- Select fabrics with different fiber content in warp and filling directions. Compare the data for warp and filling directions.
- Examine the impact of fiber content, fabric weight, and fabric construction on strength.
Click below for sample images

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