Fabric Drape is one of the important properties of theflexible material influencing the aesthetic appearance and functionality offabrics. Therefore, investigation into drape parameters is important foranalyzing its behavior. Drape Parameters were investigated from differentaspects with the Drape meter and Image Analyzer. Usually, drape is consideredas a static, time independent shows that the drape coefficient of a fabricchanges significantly over a long period. Furthermore, the comparison of drape parametersis shown using samples with two Different Diameters .The large sample havesmaller drape coefficients than with smaller diameters and their drape is lesschangeable over time. The three dimensional fabric drapes is not an independentfabric property, therefore the drape coefficient is studied. Drape abilityeffect of seaming the fabrics in warp, weft and radial directions are measuredand Drape Co-efficient is evaluated. Seaming effect is measured by varying the seam length.


Generally, Drape is a qualitative term because it is usuallyassessed by human eye. The subjective evaluation of fabric drape can provide anunderstanding of human perception and fashion trends but the results are inconsistentbecause of personal preference and changes in fashion trend changes. Thus, itis desirable to have effective objective evaluation of fabric drape. In 1950s, Chu developed a drape meter, which was further modified by Cusick in 1960 s. It gives amore realistic evaluation of fabric drape because three-dimensional fabricdrape profiles that contributed to the understanding of the nature of fabricdrape.

Drape ability of a fabric refers to the manner in which thefabric falls, shapes, gathers or flows with gravity on a model form or on ahuman body, as well as on furniture and wall hangings.Drape is a term, which describes theunique characteristic of a fabric under its own weight, supported at some partsof it. It is a smooth three dimensional folding of a fabric.

Drape Co-efficient can be calculated by using ImageProcessing Method by using Matt Lab. The drape quality and drape appearance ofgarments are improved by considering the seams namely warp wise seam, weft wiseseam and radial seam. The effects of seam allowance and seam position are investigatedexperimentally. Investigating drape on seamed fabrics can improve appareldesign and fabric end-use applications. Drape can be evaluated by using Cusicks Drapemeter. Seam length can be variedand drape is analyzed.

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About the Authors

Mrs.J.Mythili isPG Scholar, Department of Textile Technology, Jaya Engineering College Thiruninravur, India and Mr. D.Vasanth Kumar is Lecturer, Department ofTextile Technology (MMFT) Thiagarajar Polytechnic College Salem, India