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APPAREL TRENDS ORSM'18: The Fabric Construction Makes a Difference by Kathlyn Swantko


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When considering the properties of a fabric that are appropriate for applications in the outdoor market, there are certain aspects that designers consider–breathability, weight, durability, drape, softness, water-repellency, thermo-regulation, etc. However, there is a more basic aspect to think about. That is the fabric construction, and how a specific fabric construction impacts the garment functionality and performance. Most fabric constructions fall into 3 categories: woven, knitted, and nonwoven. Laminate and composite constructions are also popular in the outdoor market. While fibers and yarns obviously affect the properties, appearance, and wearability of the fabric, the fabric construction also influences the properties, appearance, and feel of the fabric.

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