The comfort features are by far one of the most important criteria of the fabric selection as garments' layers, and can be decisive for both successful garments manufacturing and/or supplier. Over the years, a lot of work correlated the mechanical properties of fabrics (as results of objective measurements) and human perception (as results of subjective assessment), allowing the evaluation of sensorial comfort by means of fabrics' hand.
The course entitled "Systems and Equipment for the Textile Products' Quality Assurance", from the curriculum delivered at the Faculty of Textile, Leather and Industrial Management - Iasi for master students, includes some laboratory activities for both objective and subjective evaluation of collections with fabrics designed for garments, in order to assess the achievable comfort properties in garments' end-use, by means of fabric hand. As a rule, these activities include different tasks for the same collections of fabrics designed for a specific garment: objective measurements for several component properties of the fabric hand, and subjective assessment of fabrics' handle. According to the literature, fabric hand (also known as handle) is associated with fabrics' comfort that influence consumer preferences for a specific end-use. Therefore, the subjective evaluation involve a panel of students evaluating the same fabric(s) by means of handling, and although is very useful as a teaching activity, it is also very time consuming. For that reason, original software called STAT-HAND (Statistical analysis for Hand) was developed, in order to allow the fabrics' hand evaluation by means of tactile sensory feeling, much faster.
This paper presents the algorithm of the proposed method for STAT-HAND software development, in agreement with the AATCC Evaluation Procedure 5-2011, for primary handle attributes by means of subjective evaluation.
garment, fabric, sensorial comfort, subjective evaluation, software , handle attributes