Garry AtkinsonJanuary 21, 2021 AATCC Blog


AATCC is accepting entries for a time capsule that features textile and textile-related products from around the world.

AATCC Student Chapters can submit their own pieces and one student chapter will have the opportunity to include theirs!

In 1964, the Association created a time capsule that represented the American textile industry. This year, 2021, at the 100-year anniversary celebration of the American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorists, the contents of that time capsule will be revealed!

After the reveal, the Association will add a new set of 10 to 12 textile and textile-related products to this time capsule, for AATCC members of the future to open. For our next 100 years, AATCC wants to reflect on how much we have changed as an Association—we are no longer only American and not only Chemists & Colorists. Today, and in the future, AATCC represents textile professionals around the world, and throughout the textile supply chain. As we aim to be inclusive and have all cultures represented, we find that it is important to include textile products that show just how diverse the textile industry is.

For the 2021 time capsule, we want the future of the industry, AATCC Student Chapters, to be involved!

This time capsule represents the diverse, interesting, resilient, exciting people and products that make up today’s textile world. What would you like to see revealed to the world 100 years from now?


Enter your product to be a part of history and the future!


  • Textile product entries must be made of 75% or more textiles (include fiber content, if applicable)
  • Textile-related gadgets or devices are also acceptable entries
  • To meet space limitations of the time capsule, physical items must not exceed 20 inches (50 cm) in any dimension when folded; weight limit: 6 lbs
  • If the physical item is larger than permitted, an image and written description of the item is acceptable
  • All entries should be Fair Trade sourced and manufactured

How to enter the competition:

  • One entry per student chapter!
  • Must be an official AATCC Student Chapter (if you wish to start an AATCC Student Chapter, see the requirements at
  • Complete the entry form at  by March 1st, 2021 with:
    • A photo of your entry
    • A video that includes:
      • Your entry’s unique
      • How it represents the textile industry of 2021
      • Length limit: Maximum 2-3 minutes
      • Video name should be School Name-AATCC Time Capsule
      • Upload to YouTube or similar video-sharing site

      Entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2021

      • Get support! Share your photos and videos online. Encourage your supporters and AATCC Members to vote for your product.
        Tag your entry @AATCC and #A2TimeCapsule to share the competition with your friends

      Tell them to cast their votes at

      Voting will be open March 15th to April 10th


      Finalists will be notified by April 15, 2021.
      These final entries will be narrowed down by a Time Capsule Selection Committee.

      • Contestants with the winning entries will be honored by having their products added to the 2021 AATCC Time Capsule!
      • If accepted, the product must be sent to the AATCC Technical Center by no later than May 15th.

      Photo and Video Rights Policy

      Entrants retain copyright ownership of their products. Physical products received will become the property of AATCC for archiving in the AATCC Time Capsule. Entrants also give AATCC the right to use photos and videos received for the competition for AATCC promotional purposes.

      Unsolicited Submission Policy

      Any unsolicited mailed entries will be discarded. Please note, if you choose to disregard this policy and submit materials regardless, you acknowledge that you have read the Policy and understand that AATCC has no obligation to you or your submission and that you have no claim based on such submission.


BEST VIEWED IN CHROME AND FIREFOX BROWSERS. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.