Tukatech fabric testing labs now offer digital ‘feel factor’
Posted June 18, 2020
LOS ANGELES – Tukatech said it is the first to introduce a "feel factor" value to digital fabrics based on a mathematical calculation using bend and surface friction values in all warp, weft and shear directions.
Fabric feel factor is a number that may be able to associate in minds slowly with time – just as we are now able to understand when we read in the weather report that the temperature is 56 degrees Fahrenheit but feels like 65. This feels like conveys to us that it is warmer than what we can expect. This may be due to various reasons in the environment for that day, including wind velocity and humidity.
Simply telling us that relative humidity is a certain value or that the wind is at a certain velocity does not instantly convey the feel factor of the temperature. However if we are told that the temperature feels like 65 degrees it instantly conveys to us what to expect.
A similar analogy has been applied to fabrics. For example, most apparel professionals know from experience how soft a fine silk scarf feels like compared to rough burlap. Tukatech can assign a number to fabrics to convey the feel factor of the fabric. On a scale from 1 to 10 the roughest fabric is a 1 and the softest fabric is a 10 with variance in between.
This determination from most used fabrics now can be classified with a reference number for each and a feel factor for new fabric will help design community to digitally feel the fabric while they can see the drape and movement of fabric in TUKA3D. These values can then be tabulated and the mean for each fabric taken and assigned to that fabric.
“What do you experience when someone says something feels soft ‘like a baby’s skin,’ or it is ‘too salty’ or ‘too loud?’ We have our sensory abilities to predict taste or decibel level,” said Ram Sareen, CEO and founder of Tukatech. “The same senses can relate the feel factor to predict the feel of fabrics by comparison numbers of known fabrics. We wanted to give designers the feel factor to help speed up the product development process in digital format as well as consumers to digitally feel the fabric before making their purchase.”