Textile. Tuesday , June 05th , 2018 - 16:53:01 PM
Although formaldehyde levels in clothing are unlikely to be at levels high enough to cause an allergic reaction26 due to the presence of such a chemical quality control and testing are of utmost importance. Flame retardants (mainly in the brominated form) are also of concern where the environment and their potential toxicity are concerned.27 Testing for these additives is possible at a number of commercial laboratories it is also
Textiles are sometimes finished by chemical processes to change their characteristics. In the 19th century and early 20th century starching was commonly used to make clothing more resistant to stains and wrinkles.
Textiles are often dyed with fabrics available in almost every colour. The dyeing process often requires several dozen gallons of water for each pound of clothing.19 Coloured designs in textiles can be created by weaving together fibres of different colours (tartan or Uzbek Ikat) adding coloured stitches to finished fabric (embroidery) creating patterns by resist dyeing methods tying off areas of cloth and dyeing the rest (tie-dyeing) or drawing wax designs on cloth and dyeing in between them (batik) or using various printing processes on finished fabric. Woodblock printing still used in India and elsewhere today is the oldest of these dating back to at least 220 CE in China. Textiles are also sometimes bleached making the textile pale or white.
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