AATCC Newsletter

  • Innovative Breathable and Sustainable Fabrics

    Maria Thiry July 26, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Innovative Breathable and Sustainable Fabrics by Dr. Thanaseelen Rajasakran   Global warming has spawned global “heated” conversations and debates. The threat of climate change and the issue of sustainability affecting lives and livelihoods still does matter. Result: there is immense pressure on a variety of industries in terms of environmental sustainability—escalated by the influence by […]

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  • Counterfeiting: A Global Fake Out

    Erika Simmons July 8, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Counterfeiting: A Global Fake Out By Erika Simmons   Counterfeiting and piracy are global issues. The United States, France, Switzerland, and Germany were most affected by counterfeiting activity in a 2016 study; however, increases were noted in Singapore, Hong Kong, Brazil, China, and other emerging markets. (OECD, 2019) Countries worldwide are impacted by product fakes […]

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  • From Hot to Cold and Cold to Hot: Fabrics that Work with your Body Temperature

    Guest June 29, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    From Hot to Cold and Cold to Hot: Fabrics that Work with your Body Temperature  By Dr. Nicola Davies   Clothing is traditionally categorized by seasons—thick insulating jackets for winter and absorbent cottons during the hot summer. However, recent advances in temperature-sensitive textiles may blur some of the traditional lines dividing consumer garments. Today, textile […]

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  • Everything the Light Touches Can Fade

    Carrie Gray June 14, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Everything the Light Touches Can Fade By Carrie Gray   The future is as bright as the sun!  This summer, people will be putting up awnings at their campsite, pitching the game day tent with their favorite team’s colors, and relaxing on patio furniture.   Textiles encounter a variety of light that can cause color […]

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  • Designing to Biodegrade

    Hayley Allred June 1, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Designing to Biodegrade By Fiona Forrest Planning for end of life for technical textiles is mandatory in many countries, but now some fashion designers are planning for the end of life of their garments. One method of complete disposal is biodegradation—but is a t-shirt that can biodegrade in just 12 weeks viable, and why would […]

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  • Will Your Summer Colors Hold the Whole Season?

    Hayley Allred May 10, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Will Your Summer Colors Hold the Whole Season? By Carrie Gray   Swimsuits, towels, coverups, and other fabrics will be put to the test as more people take to the water. Testing for colorfastness to water goes beyond H2O with pools, oceans, hot tubs, rivers, and lakes. Test your fabrics with AATCC TM106 Test Method […]

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  • The Well-Heeled Traveler: Workwear

    Guest April 27, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    The Well-Heeled Traveler: Workwear By Kim Anderson A successful fashion apparel line taps into popular trends—color, fabric, texture, and style. A quick response to these evanescent design essentials is key to survival. However, developing successful workwear uses a different set of criteria. Whether worn every day or just on the weekend, there are huge expectations […]

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  • Animal Form

    Guest March 30, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Animal Form A growing emphasis on animal health and welfare standards holds the textile supply chain up to high ethical standards. By John Russel Jones In August 2020, architecture and design website Dezeen.com featured a barn located not far from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, that was designed “to improve the quality of life for both the […]

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  • AATCC: International by Design

    Erika Simmons March 16, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC: International by Design AATCC is an international organization. AATCC’s members come from across the textile industry and from around the world. AATCC Standards are developed, specified, and performed around the world. AATCC Standards adhere to the World Trade Organization(WTO) guidelines on international standards under the agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The WTO defined […]

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  • The Role of RFID in a more Transparent Textile and Apparel Supply Chain

    Guest March 2, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    The Role of RFID in a more Transparent Textile and Apparel Supply Chain By Belinda Carp   What is RFID? RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and it is a method used for tracking goods via wireless signals, in order to transfer data between microchips. The chips are typically inserted into tags or cards which […]

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  • AATCC Introduces the Skew & Shrinkage Template

    Garry Atkinson February 16, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC Introduces the Skew & Shrinkage Template   Efficient fabric quality control testing requires the proper tools. AATCC now offers the Skew & Shrinkage Template for use in measuring the dimensional change of fabrics. Designed in metric units, this user-friendly scale provides a measuring experience with versatility in fabric and garment measurement.   Measure Shrinkage […]

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  • Modern Trade Shows Travel to the Future

    Guest February 2, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Modern trade shows may have been forced to time travel to the future by the Coronavirus pandemic By John Russel Jones   Before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we do just about everything in the modern business world, many textile trade shows were already experimenting with the ways that technology could complement their programming, […]

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