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Tactility in fabrics of clothing:  A tactile study of silk, cotton and wool
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this paper the relationship between how a fabric of clothing feels, and what the skin registers when in contact with the fabric, is investigated. The skin registers certain parameters. Different concentrations in these will result in different feelings. The parameters that the skin registers are vertical- and horizontal force, and temperature. In the tests that were executed these parameters were objectively measured. As was information regarding topography and weight, which in this tests were seen as complementary information, and treated as parameters. Simultaneously during the testing, the subjective experience of the test subjects was measured. In

this way the relationship between the concentrations of different parameters and the feeling that correlated to that mix could be mapped. All together there were eight tests, objective and subjective, using 19 test subjects. The tests were done using nine different fabrics in three different materials; silk, cotton and wool. Tests were sorted into the two categories human touching fabric and fabric touching human, to distinguish between the two main ways where fabric and skin are in contact. At the end of the tests cautious conclusions could be drawn for the two categories, where the subjective experience of a fabric could be explained in numbers and values, using objective data.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 93 p.
, MMKB 2011:15 IDEB 035
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-37786OAI: diva2:435199
Available from: 2011-11-28 Created: 2011-08-17 Last updated: 2011-11-28Bibliographically approved

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