Document Type : Primary Research paper
Department of Fashion Technology,PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, India
Unconventional fibres are gaining a huge importance nowadays as most of them are eco friendly in nature and are seen as effective substitutes for synthetic fibres. Although many of these fibres were existing even before synthetic fibres emerged, they are not used profoundly in apparels due to complicated production techniques and these fibres have lesser pliability and so is used by blending with cotton, jute, wool, etc.,. However with new production techniques and user friendly process and more concentration on making eco friendly products has resulted in exploring these fibres for making apparels. Some of these fibres have excellent properties: Flax fibre is soft, lustrous and flexible, Hemp fibre has superior strength and durability, also possesses good comfort and absorbancy. Similarly bamboo and soya protein fibres have excellent anti bacterial properties and are extremely soft in nature. Based on these properties it is to be believed that these fibres when made into fabric and apparels will make it easier to wear and can be good substitutes for the synthetic fibres. However there is one property of these fibres that should be noted when these fibres are made into fabrics and then garments and that is the handle property of the fabrics made out of these fibres. Handle is measured subjectively and objective evaluation is also done using Kawabata evaluation system and FAST. Unfortunately there is very little literature available which expresses the handle of these unconventional fibres using objective evaluation. Hence in this paper, the research findings available related to handle evaluation of unconventional fibres are reviewed. The grouping of the available literature for handle properties of unconventional fibres is carried out in this paper so that it will help the researchers in the future.