AATCC Newsletter

  • Everything the Light Touches Can Fade

    Carrie Gray June 14, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Everything the Light Touches Can Fade By Carrie Gray   The future is as bright as the sun!  This summer, people will be putting up awnings at their campsite, pitching the game day tent with their favorite team’s colors, and relaxing on patio furniture.   Textiles encounter a variety of light that can cause color […]

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  • Designing to Biodegrade

    Guest June 1, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Designing to Biodegrade By Fiona Forrest Planning for end of life for technical textiles is mandatory in many countries, but now some fashion designers are planning for the end of life of their garments. One method of complete disposal is biodegradation—but is a t-shirt that can biodegrade in just 12 weeks viable, and why would […]

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  • Will Your Summer Colors Hold the Whole Season?

    Carrie Gray May 10, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    Will Your Summer Colors Hold the Whole Season? By Carrie Gray   Swimsuits, towels, coverups, and other fabrics will be put to the test as more people take to the water. Testing for colorfastness to water goes beyond H2O with pools, oceans, hot tubs, rivers, and lakes. Test your fabrics with AATCC TM106 Test Method […]

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  • The Well-Heeled Traveler: Workwear

    Guest April 27, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

    The Well-Heeled Traveler: Workwear By Kim Anderson A successful fashion apparel line taps into popular trends—color, fabric, texture, and style. A quick response to these evanescent design essentials is key to survival. However, developing successful workwear uses a different set of criteria. Whether worn every day or just on the weekend, there are huge expectations […]

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  • 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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