Textile laboratory

February 5, 2015
Her tool of choice is the loom

Dr. Martin Bide in textile assessment laboratoryWe conduct a variety of standard overall performance tests for textiles and clothing in our textile testing laboratories, including development work, shade dimension, and troubleshooting for textile dyeing and finishing. The laboratory is equipped with a selection of testing equipment and a conditioning area. Examinations are carried out according to standard ASTM or AATCC treatments.

Textile Conservation

Our textile preservation laboratory had been set up to treat textiles, costumes and accessories. Treatments feature dietary fiber, fabric and dye analysis; wet-cleaning; repair and stabilization; and planning for convention. A condition analysis, treatment suggestion and value estimation are ready per object to-be addressed. Evaluation of archaeological fabrics from Native American burials is another specialty associated with the faculty. Analyses for extant textile fragments, dyes and pseudomorphs tend to be carried out.

Gear and Services

Significant components of gear and services available in the textile assessment and conservation laboratories feature:

  • Q-Lab Q-Sun XE-3-HS climate and light visibility system
  • Datacolor shade dimension and control system
  • Q-test CRE tensile evaluating system
  • Ahiba Polymat dyeing machine
  • Scott CRT tensile tester
  • Atlas Launderometer
  • AATCC standard Washer/Dryer
  • Brookfield Rheometer
  • Olympus stereo and polarizing microscopes, with video camera
  • Cushioning, printing application equipment
  • Healing oven
  • 96″x 96″ damp cleaning table
  • Stereomicroscopy, with movie and photographic recording
  • Checking Electron Microscopy
  • Rheology dimension
  • Reverse Osmosis Liquid Purification

Durability/Performance Testing

Bodily Testing*

  • Tensile Strength
  • Tear Power
  • Abrasion
  • Seam Slippage
  • Pilling Resistance
  • Wrinkle Healing
  • Shrinkage
  • Appearance after washing
  • Relative Testing for Flammability, Moisture Vapor Transmission

*Effect of Weathering can be included

Fabric Evaluation

  • Yarn count, twist
  • Fabric weight, Fabric Count
  • Fiber Content
  • Bow, Skew

Color Fastness (Instrumental or grey scale evaluation of results)

  • Light (Carbon Arc, Xenon)
  • Crocking
  • Laundering
  • Perspiration
  • Sea-water, Chlorinated Pool Liquid

Colors Dimension

  • Colors huge difference, 555 sorting
  • Dye power (reflectance, transmission)


  • Color matching,
  • Test finish application
  • Dye calibration for match prediction

Training Seminars are also available in the following areas, and could be performed at University, or arranged on location at your facility.

  • Textile Testing
  • Fundamental Textile Science
  • Textiles for Consumers
  • Textile Conservation
  • Dyeing, Completing
  • Color Science

If you're thinking about any of the services in the above list, please contact the department or perhaps the individual faculty users. Prices is quoted in line with the range examinations to be done and will also be competitive. Penned reports regarding the examination are offered.