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Prickle discomfort assessment of commercial knitted wool garments

Maryam Naebe (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia) (CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation Ltd, CJ Hawkins Homestead, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
Bruce McGregor (Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia) (CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation Ltd, CJ Hawkins Homestead, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
Melanie Dowling (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Western Australia, Katanning, Australia)
David Tester (CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation Ltd, CJ Hawkins Homestead, University of New England, Armidale, Australia)

International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology

ISSN: 0955-6222

Article publication date: 9 January 2018

Issue publication date: 22 March 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the significant factors important for prickle discomfort properties of commercial wool knitwear and to analyse information on variability of garments manufactured over two decades, a total of 177 purchased garments were tested.

Design/methodology/approach

The relationship between the attributes of the reversed engineered garments and garment comfort, as assessed by Wool ComfortMeter, was determined.

Findings

The results indicate that: mean fibre diameter had the most significant effect on prickle assessment; the coefficient of variation of fibre diameter interacted with fabric thickness in affecting prickle discomfort; and rib knit structures were pricklier than single jersey structures.

Originality/value

The results provide objective evidence that the consumer surveys reporting dissatisfaction with the prickle discomfort of wool are based on real consumer experiences of prickle discomfort and are not based on “prejudice” against wool garments.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank Professor Xungai Wang for his support and Bruce Mullins (DAFWA) for facilitating the transfer of garments to Deakin University.

Citation

Naebe, M., McGregor, B., Dowling, M. and Tester, D. (2018), "Prickle discomfort assessment of commercial knitted wool garments", International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 73-81. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-03-2017-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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