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Rethinking Available Production Technologies: the case of a thermally insulating footwear concept
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2012 (English)In: Nordic Textile Journal, ISSN 1404-2487, Vol. 1, 38-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

overwhelming studies are on the general public and its behaviour. Here we discuss a way for the company to lower consumption by avoiding inventory investments. Added value in terms of sustainability can be gained by using standard manufacturing technologies frequently found in the textile industry to produce new products beyond present paradigms. Specifically we develop knitting techniques on a circular knitting machine to enable production of a thermally insulating textile composite for a multicomponent footwear system. Four cornerstones defined the project; sustainability, availability, comfort and flexibility. The first two relate here to the production, while the last two are coupled to the wearer’s experience of the product. Two key questions initiated this project. The first question elaborated on the possibility to produce an untraditional material for a new type of product on a circular knitting machine, which is generally used for high speed production of full-width fabrics. The second question explored the possibility to apply the three-layer principle - generally used in sportswear - on footwear. We show that we can answer both these questions positively. Using an elaborated functional design tool the footwear system was theoretically divided into functional layers; inner, middle and outer, combined with an inner and outer sole. These detachable layers together create a flexible footwear system. A ready-made product, the middle layer with thermal insulating properties, was practically developed, taking use of a heat and water soaking protocol for inducing relaxation in the material and by this air encapsulation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Textile Research Centre: Swedish School of Textiles , 2012. Vol. 1, 38-49 p.
Keyword [en]
footwear, knitting, three-layer principle, comfort, thermal insulation
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Other Humanities
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1575Local ID: 2320/12347OAI: diva2:869633
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