Crease-Resisting Fabrics

  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman


A seriousdefect of cotton, linen and artificial silk fabrics is their tendency to crease. It was not until the late twenties that an effective remedy was invented in the laboratories of the Tootal Broadhurst Lee Company Ltd., a medium-sized Lancashire textile firm.1 Their crease-resisting process constitutes the outstanding, perhaps the only, major non-mcchanical advance conceived of, and fully exploited within, the textile industry proper in this century.2 The process is remarkable in other ways. While not wholly split off from earlier knowledge, it had no extensive scientific background. It has continued to hold the field since its discovery. The inventing company was the first to seize upon the problem and then to pursue its researches stubbornly to a successful conclusion.


Silk Fibre Successful Conclusion Viscose Rayon Late Twenty Cotton Industry 
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  1. 1.
    Lee, Kenneth, ‘Industrial Research: A Business Man’s View’, Royal Institution, Dec. 15, 1933.Google Scholar
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    Wood, F. C., ‘Research, Textiles and the Future’, Textile Institute Journal, June 1939.Google Scholar
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    ‘Triumph After Years of Research’, Chemical Age, Aug. 13, 1932.Google Scholar
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    Amick, C., ‘Crease Resisting Fabrics’, American Dyestuff Reporter, Oct. 7, 1935.Google Scholar

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© John Jewkes, David Sawers and Richard Stillerman 1969

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  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman

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