Diana WymanOctober 6, 2021 Press Release

Time Capsule Celebrates Local and Global Textiles

All are welcome to attend the burial of a time capsule at the AATCC Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA on November 19, 2021. The capsule will contain items relevant to the modern global textile industry and be reopened in 50 years. A time capsule buried in 1964 is also being opened this year as part of AATCC’s 100th anniversary celebration. Objects from the 1964 capsule will be on display along with various historic and contemporary exhibits at the Technical Center.

The time capsule burial is the culmination of a Week of Celebration November 15-19, 2021. Events earlier in the week include AATCC research committee meetings and the Textile Discovery Summit, with technical presentations, networking opportunities, and an awards luncheon. Activities are open to all and there is no cost to attend committee meetings or the time capsule burial. There is a fee for other Summit events. More information on all Week of Celebration activities is available at www.aatcc.org/100th.


A brief tour of the AATCC Technical Center will begin promptly at 9 AM on Friday, November 19, 2021. AATCC is celebrating 100 years of serving the textile industry and more than 50 years at the heart of Research Triangle Park.

After the tour, attendees will join AATCC officers, members, and staff to witness the burial of the time capsule. Festivities will conclude by 10 AM.

Interested parties should register in advance to allow preparation for all guests. Register for the Textile Discovery Summit  (https://aatcc.org/summit/) and select the free Tour Only pass or email AATCC Marketing Associate Julia Mackey (julia@aatcc.org) by November 8.

Time Capsule Contents

The new time capsule includes a diverse collection of artifacts contributed by corporate and individual members of AATCC. There are, of course, several cloth face coverings representing the importance of textiles during a global pandemic. A tea towel with a 2021 calendar highlights the art and science of digital textile printing while marking the year of burial. Other objects celebrate both the history and the future of textiles and of the AATCC organization. A video preview of some items is available online at www.aatcc.org/100th.


Tour and Time Capsule Burial
Friday, November 19, 2021
9-10 AM EST

1 Davis Dr
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Register by November 8
https://aatcc.org/summit/ (select Summit registration, Tour Only pass)

More information: www.aatcc.org/100th


About AATCC: AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.


Media Contact: Diana Wyman, AATCC Executive Vice President; +1.919.549.3532; diana@aatcc.org




The time capsule buried at the AATCC Technical Center in 1964 is being reopened in 2021 to celebrate AATCC’s 100th anniversary. All are invited to attend the burial of a new capsule on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the AATCC Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA.

A digitally printed calendar is one of the items to be placed in the AATCC time capsule being buried at the AATCC Technical Center.


Exhibits at the AATCC Technical Center highlight important events and activities throughout the Association’s 100-year history.

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