New Natural Luxurious Womenswear Merino Wool, Wool/Silk and Wool/Bamboo Viscose Woven Worsted Fabrics
A set of new womenswear woven worsted fabrics in Merino pure wool and wool blends with silk and bamboo viscose fibres have been developed for spring/summer/autumn seasons for a range of enduse applications such as businesswear, eveningwear and loungewear. These fabrics have been finished to have a smooth and lustrous surface, a cool touch feel and high next-to-skin comfort. The wool/bamboo viscose fabrics are double-sided, so reversible, as they are constructed to have wool predominantly on one side and bamboo viscose on the other side. These are made machine washable and tumble dryable without using any shrink-resist treatment on wool.
This paper provides a comparison of their low-stress KES-F mechanical properties, handle and drape characteristics and warm/cool feeling (qmax). It is shown that the bamboo viscose, when used in a long float weave structure, provides high levels of lustre, cool feeling and lively drapability. These new fabrics have captured the interest of a number of top New Zealand designers who regularly participate in the New Zealand Fashion Week.
"This article was originally presented at the 88th Textile Institute World Conference Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, May, 2012".
About the Authors:
Surinder Tandon is associated with the Textile Science & Technology, AgResearch Ltd, New Zealand.
Mitsuo Matsudaira is associated with the Faculty of Education, Kanazawa University at Kanazawa City, Japan