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Relationships between wearer assessment and the instrumental measurement of the handle and prickle of knitted wool fabrics

McGregor,BA, Naebe,M, Wang,H, Tester,D and Rowe,J 2014, Relationships between wearer assessment and the instrumental measurement of the handle and prickle of knitted wool fabrics, Textile research journal, Online First, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1177/0040517514551460.

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Title Relationships between wearer assessment and the instrumental measurement of the handle and prickle of knitted wool fabrics
Author(s) McGregor,BAORCID iD for McGregor,BA orcid.org/0000-0002-4574-4236
Naebe,MORCID iD for Naebe,M orcid.org/0000-0002-5266-9246
Wang,H
Tester,D
Rowe,J
Journal name Textile research journal
Season Online First
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0040-5175
1746-7748
Keyword(s) next to skin
sensory evaluations
wearer
fabric handle
objective assessment
comfort
fabric design
Summary The relationships between wearer-assessed comfort and objectively measured comfort and handle parameters were investigated using 19 pure wool single jersey garments made of single ply yarns. Wearer trials were used to determine prickle discomfort, and whether wearers “liked” the garments. Fabrics then were objectively evaluated using the Wool HandleMeter, which measures seven primary handle attributes; and the Wool ComfortMeter (WCM), to predict a wearer's perception of fabric-evoked prickle. Wearer responses and the relationships within and between objective measurements and the effect of fibre, yarn and fabrics attributes were analysed by general linear modelling. Mean fibre diameter, fibre diameter coefficient of variation, yarn count, fabric thickness, fabric density, fabric mass per unit area and decatising affected one or more handle parameters. The best model for predicting wearer prickle discomfort accounted for 90.9% of the variance and included only terms for the WCM and WCM2. The WCM was a good predictor whereas mean fibre diameter was a poor predictor of whether wearers “liked” garments. Wearer assessment of prickle and whether or not wearers “liked” fabrics were independent of fabric handle assessment. The results indicate that the handle and comfort properties of lightweight, wool jersey fabrics can be quantified accurately using the Wool HandleMeter and the Wool ComfortMeter. For fabric handle, fibre and yarn characteristics were less important than changes in the properties of the fabric.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0040517514551460
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective 860403 Natural Fibres
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, SAGE Publications
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30071942

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