The design of technical textiles

S. Kettley*

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Technical textiles has become a distinct area of research and development over the past twenty years, placing its emphasis on the functionality of a fabric rather than its aesthetics. With an annual growth rate of between five and seven percent, the sector continues to expand, offering new opportunities and challenges to existing businesses, and underpinning innovations in many other fields. This chapter outlines the sector according to current industry classifications and highlights advances at different scales of application, as they are led by materials, processes, and design concepts. It reflects on the design processes at work, provision for technical textiles in education, issues facing the sector, and finally, promising directions for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextile Design
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples, Advances and Applications
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9781845696467
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Industrial textiles
  • Performance textiles
  • Technical textiles


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