AATCC Newsletter

  • Animal Form

    Guest March 30, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Animal Form A growing emphasis on animal health and welfare standards holds the textile supply chain up to high ethical standards. By John Russel Jones In August 2020, architecture and design website Dezeen.com featured a barn located not far from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, that was designed “to improve the quality of life for both the […]

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  • AATCC: International by Design

    Erika Simmons March 16, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC: International by Design AATCC is an international organization. AATCC’s members come from across the textile industry and from around the world. AATCC Standards are developed, specified, and performed around the world. AATCC Standards adhere to the World Trade Organization(WTO) guidelines on international standards under the agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The WTO defined […]

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  • The Role of RFID in a more Transparent Textile and Apparel Supply Chain

    Guest March 2, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    The Role of RFID in a more Transparent Textile and Apparel Supply Chain By Belinda Carp   What is RFID? RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and it is a method used for tracking goods via wireless signals, in order to transfer data between microchips. The chips are typically inserted into tags or cards which […]

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  • AATCC Introduces the Skew & Shrinkage Template

    Garry Atkinson February 16, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC Introduces the Skew & Shrinkage Template   Efficient fabric quality control testing requires the proper tools. AATCC now offers the Skew & Shrinkage Template for use in measuring the dimensional change of fabrics. Designed in metric units, this user-friendly scale provides a measuring experience with versatility in fabric and garment measurement.   Measure Shrinkage […]

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  • Modern Trade Shows Travel to the Future

    Guest February 2, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Modern trade shows may have been forced to time travel to the future by the Coronavirus pandemic By John Russel Jones   Before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we do just about everything in the modern business world, many textile trade shows were already experimenting with the ways that technology could complement their programming, […]

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  • A Century of Progress, Internationally Recognized

    Erika Simmons January 12, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    A Century of Progress, Internationally Recognized   AATCC standards are developed, specified, and performed around the world. Effective with the 2021 publication, volume 96, AATCC’s global representation is reflected in the name of the standards manual. The former AATCC Technical Manual has been renamed as the AATCC Manual of International Test Methods and Procedures. This […]

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  • Dress Down to Dress Up: Has Working from Home Forever Changed the Way We Dress?

    Guest December 29, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Dress Down to Dress Up: Has Working from Home Forever Changed the Way We Dress? by Craig Crawford   It’s clear that the Covid-19 pandemic is taking its toll on apparel retailers. Before this month’s insolvency announcement from TopShop, 29 retailers were already in bankruptcy just this year. That list includes Brooks Brothers and Men’s […]

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  • AATCC 1993 Standard Reference Detergent- Powder:  Are you Using the Correct Type?

    Erika Simmons December 15, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    AATCC 1993 Standard Reference Detergent- Powder:  Are you Using the Correct Type?   AATCC 1993 Standard Reference Detergent Powder comes in two versions: With Brightener (W/B) and Without Optical Brightener (WOB).  Labs and mills may have a myriad of reasons for using one version over the other.   However, when conducting AATCC Home Laundering tests, the […]

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  • Natural Dyes Revisited

    Guest November 25, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Natural Dyes Revisited By Kim Anderson   People have been using insects, leaves, and roots of plants for thousands of years to impart color to textiles. It wasn’t until William Henry Perkin serendipitously discovered a lavender-colored dye artificially produced from coal tar in 1856 that synthetic dyes began to replace natural dyestuffs. There are three […]

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  • 2021 AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs

    Staff November 9, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    2021 AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs By Carrie Gray and Garry Atkinson The 2021 Proficiency Testing Programs are right around the corner. The AATCC proficiency testing programs (PTPs) are available to help labs around the world in their pursuit for continuous improvement and support lab certification. No need to wait, registration is already open! What does […]

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  • New Fibers from Waste Products

    Guest October 26, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    New Fibers from Waste Products By Fiona Forrest   Growing concerns over sustainability of petrochemical-based yarns and water thirsty fiber crops have inspired new yarns and fabrics made from waste feedstock. Interest in these fibers and leather replacements, made from pineapple and banana leaves, orange peel, used coffee grounds, and waste cardboard is growing, especially […]

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  • Selecting a Textile Testing Lab

    Carrie Gray October 12, 2020 AATCC Newsletter

    Selecting a Textile Testing Lab By Carrie Gray Selecting a textile testing lab can be a daunting task. The decision must make good business sense with cost, logistics, turnaround time, and more. The lab you choose must also provide accurate and useful data. There are three main areas of focus when looking for a textile […]

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