Challenges in knitted E-textiles

Amy Chen, Jeanne Tan, Xiaoming Tao, Philip Henry, Ziqian Bai

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This paper considers the progress made in E-textiles within knitted textiles and discusses what “Project Jacquard” and the debut of the woven Levi’s Commuter X Jacquard by Google jacket helps reveal about the relationship between E-textiles and textiles manufacturing. The paper considers research conducted within the fields of Art, Design and Technology, along with materials with interesting and novel properties that have been integrated into knitted textiles by practitioners and researchers. Such materials can embellish or enhance knitted fabric, from creating additional visual interest to practical functions. However, due to the physical properties of these types of materials, not all materials can be knitted into the fabric with ease; the optimal machine settings and techniques must be determined. Adapting to the physical characteristics of these innovative materials is a logical design requirement of the prototype development process but when we look to adopt the same principles as “Project Jacquard”; manufacturing knitted E-textiles to scale, the challenges of the material/machinery relationship become more of an issue. This raises the question as to whether it is better to develop the material for better textiles integration, or to optimize the production process to suit the material.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Artificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles AIFT Conference 2018
EditorsWai Keung Wong
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319996950
ISBN (Print)9783319996943
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventArtificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles Conference - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 27 Jun 201829 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceArtificial Intelligence on Fashion and Textiles Conference
Abbreviated titleAIFT 2018
CityHong Kong


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