1992 Volume 6 Issue 3 Pages 210-217
In the field of the study of fabric hand, there is a maxim that states the concept of ‘hand’ becomes important where the material is worn or directly touched by the human body. Fabric used for clothing is best adapted to this case.
The ‘hand’ is considered to be one of the most important properties for material touched by human hand, as pointed out, and this property makes fabric suitable as an interface between man and the outer environment. In this paper, the method of objective evaluation of fabric hand using fabric basic mechanical and surface properties is introduced and recent applications of this method for various materials such as paper, cosmetics, furniture and interior materials of motor car, to judge the performance and quality of touch or comfort are also mentioned. It is shown that this method is useful for other kinds of materials as well as clothing.