Retailers and manufacturers now have a reliable means of objectively specifying and promoting a garment on the basis of superior comfort for the wearer, using The Wool ComfortMeter; a easy-to-use desktop instrument.
Accurately and easily measure fabrics for next-to-skin comfort values.
Retailers and manufacturers now have a reliable means of objectively specifying and promoting a garment on the basis of superior comfort for the wearer.
The Wool ComfortMeter is an easy-to-use desktop instrument, which provides accurate objective measurements of fibre-ends in fabrics, which could irritate skin nerve endings, resulting in wearer discomfort.
Textile fibre-ends which are fine enough to not push against the wearer’s skin, results in a soft, comfortable feel. However, if coarser fibres are present, the ends can irritate skin nerve endings, making it feel scratchy or itchy.
The good news is that there is now a reliable, objective way to assess fabrics for the fibre-ends which could cause discomfort.
The Wool ComfortMeter analyses a fabric surface for presence of fibres known to cause prickle. The instrument calibrated was developed using extensive consumer wearer trials, where samples are assigned a single numerical score; the lower the score the higher the consumer comfort. A higher score means that the fabric risks some irritation to the skin.
A higher score means the fabric risks some irritation to the skin
If the fabric tested is intended for fashion wear under everyday conditions, a slightly higher score is acceptable (Column 1). If the intended end use is active wear, or performance is required under more extreme conditions, then a lower score will be required (Column 2). This is because when skin becomes wet and temperature is raised it becomes more sensitive.
|1 - EVERYDAY
|2 - ACTIVE WEAR|
|% of consumer acceptance
for comfort level
|90||< 450||< 250|
|80||450 - 510||250 - 320|
|70||510 - 600||320 - 400|
|60||600 - 660||400 - 480|
|50||660 - 730||480 - 550|
|40||730 - 810||550 - 620|
The Wool ComfortMeter can be used by a retailer to test existing products or as part of their innovation and development process.
A retailer simply specifies their preferred Wool ComfortMeter score to its supply chain partners. The supply chain is able to produce the products to the Wool ComfortMeter specification via wool sourcing, processing and fabric finishing techniques.
Retailers can monitor the consistency of the garment’s comfort quality by testing batch samples and compare against the acceptable Wool ComfortMeter score thus ensuring consistent quality between shipments and even from one season to the next.
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