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In the interests of making clothing comfortable
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Jan '10
People have always been interested in the connection between clothing and physical well-being. However, the scientific discipline of clothing physiology is relatively young, and in Germany the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim has played an important role in developing it since 1946.

Now, a special publication that can be obtained free of charge via the Hohenstein Institute website at www.hohenstein.de describes the milestones in a process of development that extends from the first form of human clothing, through skins and leather, to modern functional textiles. By using the investigative methods of clothing physiology, nowadays not only garments but also bedding and sleeping bags can be adapted so they are ideally suited to their particular area of use.

This work is based on the wealth of ideas developed by the Hohenstein scientists. It is thanks to them that clothing physiology research can make use of internationally recognised test systems such as the Hohenstein skin model or the thermo-regulatory jointed manikin, "Charlie".

Since 1 October 2009, the specialist expertise of what were previously the Clothing Physiology and Textile Services & Innovations departments has been brought together in a newly established department called "Function and Care". In charge is Dr. Andreas Schmidt, taking over from Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Umbach, who has retired from operational work after a 33-year career at the Hohenstein Institute.

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