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Leuco Dye-based thermochromic inks: recipes as a guide for designing textile surfaces
University of Borås, Swedish School of Textiles.
2013 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Sustainable development
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Abstract [en]

Although there has been some research on the use of leuco dye-based thermochromic inks in textile and fashion design, there is still a lack of research on how these inks can be used on textiles to create complex and dynamic patterns through textile printing. This paper provides information on the properties of leuco dye-pased thermochromic inks to facilitate the understanding and designing of dynamic surface-patterns, and demonstrates the color transitions of thermochromic inks at different temperatures. A practice-based design method was chosen to investigate two different reversible and water-based blue inks with activation temperatures of 27°C and 15°C. The result showed scales comprising the recipes that were used as a guide for designing textile surfaces. This paper contributes by making the color-changing process understandable and demonstrating the actual effects of leuco dye-based thermochromic inks at different temperatures for textile and fashion design. This facilitates designers to achieve more advanced textile surface patterns.

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AUTEX World Textile Conference , 2013.
Keyword [en]
leuco dye-based thermochromic inks, textile pigment paste, fashion design, printing technique, color-change, smart materail, Smart textiles
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Other Humanities
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6997Local ID: 2320/12510OAI: diva2:887704
13th AUTEX World Textile Conference, Dresden Germany


the work presented here was in part funded by the Smart Textiles initiative

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