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Techno Textiles - Exhibition for innovative & specialty textiles
May '08
The University of Minnesota's Goldstein Museum of Design presents "Techno Textiles: Inner Space to Outer Space," a new exhibit featuring innovative, specialty textiles from companies worldwide. It runs Friday, May 16 through Thursday, July 17 in the Goldstein Museum Gallery, 241 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave., St. Paul. The public is invited to attend an opening party and panel discussion 7-9 p.m Thursday, May 15. The party and discussion will also be held at the Goldstein Museum.

The world of specialty textiles has been changing at a rapid pace with new materials, technologies and innovations in production around the world. "Techno Textiles: Inner Space to Outer Space" examines many of these innovative materials and how they are being used by leading designers from around the globe.

"The exhibition examines the use of specialty textiles in many areas of society, including space exploration," said Bruce Wright, one of the exhibit's curators. "Our premise is that all parts of our culture and many industries rely on textiles to improve performance, enhance technical capabilities and extend the human reach, from the molecular level of the human body to beyond Earth's atmosphere. The examples in the exhibition show how design makes use of these techno textiles to improve today's world."

Some of the textiles on display include the NuMetrex (TM) Heart Rate Monitoring Sports Bra, which incorporates a lightweight heart monitor woven into the fabric for a comfortable way of monitoring the user's heart health. The Zoombang (TM) uses a textile that instantly rigidifies upon contact with a blunt object or blow. Eventually easing after a time period has lapsed, the product provides soldiers and athletes with added protection. Stearns, Inc. Cold Water Immersion Suit is aimed for use in rescue operations occurring in extreme water conditions. With sealed seams, attached gloves, a pocket for ice picks and an overall fabric that increases buoyancy and insulation, it is just one example of how these innovative materials can be not only convenient but life-saving as well.

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