Friday 27 June 2008

Pictures of Fabrics

Normally it so happens that in text books, one comes to know about various fabrics, but one cannot visualise them as no illustrated picture of fabrics is provided. This presentation depicts the pictures of following fabrics in a beautiful manner: toile, ticking, tapestry, burlap, chintz, gingham, calico, damask, muslin, eyelet, chenille, silk, moire and denim.

Indian Textile Industry

This presentation, on Indian Textile Industry, deals with market overview, government regulations and policy and business opportunities in India. It talks about some interesting facts such as:

1. Panipat produces 75% of all blankets produced in India
2. Tirupur contributes 80% of the country's hosiery exports.
3. Ludhiana makes 95% of total woollen knitwear produced.
4. 80% of total textiles is produced in clusters( 70 in number)

It also talks about Indian rank in raw material production: Jute--> 1st, Silk--> second, cotton--> third, synthetics--> fifth and wool--> eleventh.

Textile Printing in a nutshell

This write-up introduces textile printing in a very easy to understand and succint way. It talks about all the techniques of textile printing, has lots of diagrams and it describes advantages and disadvantages of each style of prining in a pointwise manner. Very useful for students and professionals.

Thursday 26 June 2008

Short Staple Spinning

This is a small writeup on short staple spinning that is replete with diagrams which are self explanatory. Ideal for those who want to revise their knowledge of spinning.

spinnovation 23

Spinnovation is the magazine for spinning mills. Published twice a year by sussen, Germany, it goes into depth of technological innovation in yarn manufacturing technology. Spinnovation 23 discusses the historical review of the top weighing arm, new generation of navels, microdust and trash analyser, compact spinning system, modernisation for SE9 machines and melanging with MDTA 3.

Sewing Threads

This article about sewing threads discusses about common types of threads, how is thread made, thread types, thread sizing, thread weight, sewing needles, what makes a good thread, color fastness and a small glossary.

Wool Finishing

This is an introductory lecture by Mike Pailthrope on wool fabric finishing. It includes the topics such as relaxation shrinkage, consolidation, swelling, felting and wool finishing such as scouring, carbonizing, crabbing, milling, hydroextraction, back rolling, scutching, conditioning, shearing and singeing and decatising.

Textile dictionary

Here is an easy to understand textile dictionary. The biggest point in this dictionary is the simplicity of pictures with which various processes are depicted.

Wednesday 25 June 2008

Easy guide to textile processes and fabric knowledge

Here is an easy guide to textile processes and fabric knowledge

Guide to Denim Fits and Finishes

Here is a guide to denim which tells about which denim to select for what body type, types of finishes such as 'creased', 'crushed' and 'whiskered'; then there is a glossary to top it off.

Friday 20 June 2008

Simple Introduction to Textile Printing

Here is a simple introduction to textile printing

Tuesday 17 June 2008

Environment Friendly Dyeing and Finishing

Please refer to this link for environment friendly dyeing and finishing.

glossary of dyeing

Please refer to this link for glossary of dyeing

Friday 13 June 2008

The Art of Dyeing

Its amazing how internet is opening worlds of hitherto unknown or hidden recipes to the general world. Dyeing receipes are always considered to be sacrosanct and dyers normally keep them close to their heart. But here I discovered this site "Encyclopedia Of Practical Receipts And Processes - by William B. Dick" which has laid bare all the hidden formule of alchemy to the community.

Wednesday 11 June 2008

Energy consumption in textile industry

Please refer to this link for energy conservation in textile industry.

New Developments in Dyeing, Printing, Finishing

Please see the link here or here for New Developements in Dyeing, Printing and Finishing.

Friday 6 June 2008


I have received a query from one of my blog readers who wants to know more about bi-stretch denim manufacturing. I feel there are some specific issues that need to be delt with while dealing with bi-stretch fabric at the manufacturing stage:

1. How to control yarns at the ball warping, rope dyeing and the rebeaming stage.
2. Changes in looms to be done to handle stretch warp and stretch weft. It includes issues such as width control and others.
3. Sanforisation and skew control at the finishing stage.

If someone can contribute to this blog regarding these questions, she/he is most welcome.

Tuesday 3 June 2008

How to Check the Colorfastness of a Fabric

A colorfast test helps you decide which fabrics are going to bleed in the wash
-Fill a glass with hot water.
-Add a drop of detergent.
-Place a scrap of fabric into the water.
-Let fabric soak for a few minutes.
-Remove fabric from water. Blot with a white paper towel.If dye bleeds into the towel, redo the test with the same fabric scrap. If it still bleeds, then there is a problem
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