Ethiopian Insitute of Textile and Fashion Technology,Ethiopia
*Corresponding author:Desalegn Atalie, Textile Production Research and Innovation Center, Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Submission: August 24, 2020; Published: October 23, 2020
ISSN 2578-0271 Volume 6 Issue 2
In recent years, tactile comfort is coming as key point and the basic quality requirement for apparel clothing especially direct contact cloths with human body like innerwear which is essential to impart good feelings and not cause unpleasant. During purchasing, consumers have a big interest to identify the tactile comfort of cloths by using their hand or fingers and estimate how it will feel with the skin during wear.
Clothing comfort is an ongoing research area and many researchers are contributing in
different ways. Clothing comfort is defined the pleasant sensation of wearer and generally,
comfort can be classified in to three, psychological, thermal and sensorial/tactile comfort.
Tactile comfort properties of textile apparel clothing have received attention than the physical
and mechanical properties. Customers purchasing textiles always feel textile fabrics by for
its sensorial behaviors indicating that they are inquisitive about sensorial or tactile comfort
rather than other properties . Currently, comfort is one of the most considerable properties
by manufacturer during clothing manufacturing due to demanded by consumers. Poor sensory
comfort properties will cause discomfort during wear and may influence work efficiency and
human health . Tactile comfort is enclosed smoothness, stiffness, scratchiness, clinginess,
and low stress mechanical properties like bending, tensile strength, shear and compression
behaviors very crucial parameters . In the field of the textile, sensorial comfort is known as
hand feel property or handle and tactile comfort. Tactile comfort of apparel clothing is formed
by between human skin and fabric surface interaction and resulting one or combination of
the following feelings such as softness, stiffness, smoothness, itchiness, prickliness, warmth,
or coolness properties .
Numerous researchers [4-9] have investigated the effect of different type of fibers, blend ratio, fiber and yarn morphology, yarn characteristics, fabric structure and finishing treatments on the tactile or sensorial properties of different type of fabrics. The earlier researcher  stated that fabric sensorial comfort properties are significantly affected by thread and areal density. In other research work, found that apparel cloths made from natural fibers, especially cotton clothing was the most comfortable. The authors observed that besides the participants’ visual observation to know about the quality and comfort of the textile cloths, they were carried out comfort emulation procedures by touching, squeezing, and pulling using their hands. These results were effective only for the studied group and not for a specific clothing type .
Tactile comfort evaluation-subjective method
Before objective methods are introduced, clothing comfort was evaluated by trained personnel in subjective assessment using hand and fingers sensation. The rating method is performed in blind or opened eye condition and ranked in contrast way as example mostsmooth, moderate-smooth and least-smooth. Other method of rating is using numerical value 1 up to 5. All tactile comfort properties can be evaluated by squeezing, bending, move the fingers on the surface of the fabric, stretch by two fingers and compressed down, and ranked by sensing the comfort level of fabrics.
Surface smoothness and roughness evaluation-objective method
For tactile comfort properties of clothing surface smoothness and roughness is critical and effective factor to forecast the reaction between human body and cloth surface. As mentioned in above textile smoothness and roughness were evaluating using hand and fingers which are subjective tests for years. Thanks to technologist, these subjective methods are transferred to objective evaluation system. FAST (Fabric Assurance by Simple Testing), FTT (Fabric Touch Tester) and KAWABTA instruments are some of the recent independent technology output to measure tactile comfort properties of textiles. The most commonly used objective evaluation of tactile comfort in textile fabrics and garments is Kawabata System (KES) and it can measuring the bending, shearing, tensile, surface smoothness and roughness properties  KESFB3-AUTO-A Surface Tester Figure 1 is one of Kawabata module and used to evaluate smoothness and surface roughness properties of textile cloths. In the KES method, the data is measured by two measuring sensors namely frictional coefficient (MIU) and geometrical surface roughness means deviation (SMD) of the surface fabric instantaneously in three different places within a fabric area of 20cm x20cm. The MIU is measured by integrator in 0 to 20mm distance of test specimen then an average of the output will be recorded. A higher MIU value indicates less slipperiness of the fabric. In KESFB4 module, the second test parameter is SMD (geometrical surface roughness means deviation) and this value obtained by removing the least frequency harmonic wave by means of filtering the measurement curve through the low-cut filter. The SMD designates the evenness of surface physical, and a larger value indicates uneven surface.
Figure 1:KESFB4-AUTO-A: Surface friction and roughness test.
Fabrics’ tactile properties greatly influence human comfort throughout wear, and it is one of the fundamental requirements to purchase innerwear cloths. Generally, wearers are often checking smoothness and roughness of apparel cloths before they are purchasing. These frequent trends indicate high customer perception in sensorial comfort. Therefore, manufacturers should consider all factors to produce the desired clothing with optimum sensory or tactile properties.
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