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Pilot Study on the Application of Light-Absorbing Fabric in Sport Fashion

  • Chiui HsuEmail author
  • Po-Hsien Lin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9180)

Abstract

In the 21st century, social change has quickened and intensified, resulting in humanity now facing many new challenges. With China, the United States, the European Union, and Japan shifting their focus towards low-carbon, environmentally friendly policies as the basis of future economic development. According to fashion industry observers, the use of natural and energy-saving forward-looking fabrics is already part of this global trend, and will continue to influence the clothing industry in the future. In terms of research and development of clothing materials, recent results from Taiwan far outstrip those of other countries. In the past six years, research into light-absorbing fibers has not only echoed the international trend towards energy-saving and environmental protection, but has also produced a new and unique technology, unmatched elsewhere. However, whether in terms of cost or actual technical application, new textile materials are invariably subjected to certain restrictions during the early stage of development, and currently, light-absorbing fabrics are at such basic stage of development. In this study, a survey was conducted to determine the potential demand for using advanced materials in sportswear. Respondent exercise habits were categorized, and sportswear needs for various sports activities were analyzed. The attributes of sportswear for the top three sports were analyzed and input into a matrix to stimulate diverse design ideas. It is hoped that “needs”, “choice” and “thinking” can be incorporated into future product design strategies to clearly demonstrate the core value of applying advanced light-absorbing fabric to sports fashion.

Keywords

Fibers Forward-looking technology Performance fabric Health and energy-saving Sport fashion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Material and FiberOriental Institute of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Creative Industry DesignNational Taiwan University of ArtsNew TaipeiTaiwan

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