Textile filter could capture

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers found they could filter carbon dioxide from air and gas mixtures at promising rates using a proposed new textile-based filter that combines cotton fabric and an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase—one of nature’s tools for speeding chemical rea…
Digitally knitted structure shelters an outdoor space

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Jenny Sabin Studios, Ithaca, N.Y., is known for using knitting technologies to create structural and architectural applications. Sabin’s “exoKnit” at Neue House in New York City is a recent example of the designer pushing knitting beyond its traditional boundaries. The exoKnit project is a com…
Bionic clothing integrates AI to expand mobility

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Bionic clothing brand CIONIC has collaborated with Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar and his firm fuseproject to unveil the Neural Sleeve, designed to improve mobility. The FDA-cleared “bionic” leg wearable uses artificial intelligence (AI) to enable greater independence for those living wit…
Self-rising hoodie

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

A Rice University mechanical engineer has created a hoodie jacket that can raise and lower its own hood at the push of a button without electronics. 
Reusable mask offers alternative to disposables

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

The Flo Mask, a new kind of reusable face mask promises to be light, comfortable and as protective as common disposable masks. Reusable face masks (elastomeric respirators) do exist; the two-chambered gas mask is most familiar—and not popular in the marketplace. But a larger surface area is needed…
Fluff Stuff

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

When it comes to providing warmth, textile products are routinely filled with unsustainable filling materials such as down feathers or polyester fibers. Master’s degree students at Helsinki’s Aalto University, have created a process that replaces those textile fillings with a natural alternative…
Material reacts to body heat

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

Japan-based Mitsui Chemicals has developed a new material that detects and responds to body temperature. Called HUMOFIT®, the material becomes flexible when heated, making it easier to deform. When cooled down, it becomes hard. The material was developed with the concept of “being close to people…
U.S.- Honduran partnership to train textile students

November 1, 2022  |  Swatches

North Carolina colleges and universities are joining forces with a key Honduran university to educate and train thousands of students for the next generation textile workforce to meet a rising tide of nearshoring and onshoring in Honduras, Central America and the United States.