Improving Comfort in Clothing

1st Edition

Editors: Guowen Song
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845695392
eBook ISBN: 9780857090645
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 20th January 2011
Page Count: 496
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Part I: Fundamentals of comfort and assessment

Chapter 1: Factors affecting comfort: human physiology and the role of clothing


1.1 Definition of comfort

1.2 Human physiological aspect of comfort

1.3 Energy metabolism and physical work

1.4 Human heat balance

1.5 Clothing as near environment

1.6 Various aspects of clothing comfort

1.7 Comfort variables

1.8 Effective temperature and the comfort chart

1.9 Response to extreme temperature

1.10 Development of heat stress and its control

1.11 Protective clothing

1.12 Future trends and further information and advice

Chapter 2: Properties of fibers and fabrics that contribute to human comfort


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Comfort properties of fibers

2.3 Physical modification of fibers

2.4 Comfort properties of yarns

2.5 Comfort properties of fabric structures

2.6 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Wool and garment comfort


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Wool quality

3.3 Benchmarking: wool quality in retail garments

3.4 Comfort in wool garments: a new assessment protocol

3.5 Wool garment comfort assessment

3.6 Comfort response of individuals

3.7 Wool quality and garment comfort

3.8 Conclusions

3.9 Sources of further information and advice

3.10 Acknowledgments

Chapter 4: How consumers perceive comfort in apparel


4.1 Introduction

4.2 How humans sense comfort

4.3 The Nervous System

4.4 Human brain

4.5 Skin and its functions

4.6 Structure of the skin

4.7 Senses and sensory receptors

4.8 Skin and senses

4.9 Sensations and fabrics

4.10 Psychological factors and


Wear comfort has been listed as the most important property of clothing demanded by users and consumers according to recent studies. A fundamental understanding of human comfort and a knowledge of how to design textiles and garments to maximise comfort for the wearer is therefore essential in the clothing industry. Improving comfort in clothing reviews the latest developments in the manufacturing of comfortable apparel and discusses methods of improving it in various articles of clothing.

The book begins by outlining the fundamentals of human comfort in clothing, from the human perception of comfort in apparel and factors which affect it such as the properties of fibres and fabrics, to laboratory testing, analysing and predicting of the comfort properties of textiles. Part two discusses methods of improving comfort in apparel, from controlling thermal comfort and managing moisture, to enhancing body movement comfort in various garments. Part three reviews methods of improving comfort whilst maintaining function in specific types of clothing such as protective garments, sports wear and cold weather clothing

The international team of contributors to Improving comfort in clothing has produced a unique overview of numerous aspects of clothing comfort, provides an excellent resource for researchers and designers in the clothing industry. It will also be beneficial for academics researching wear comfort.

Key Features

  • Reviews the latest developments in the manufacturing of comfortable apparel and discusses methods of improving fit in various articles of clothing
  • An overview of how to design textiles and garments to maximise comfort begins with factors affecting comfort and properties of fibres and fabrics that contribute to human comfort
  • Improvements in thermal and tactile comfort and moisture management are explored featuring developments in textile surfaces


Researchers and designers in the clothing industry and academics researching wear comfort


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About the Editors

Guowen Song Editor

Dr Guowen Song lectures in human ecology at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research concentrates on the protection and comfort of textile materials and garments with particular emphasis on the understanding and modelling of heat and moisture transfer in clothing.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alberta, Canada