When You Know the Color of Your Textiles
Textiles can be the color of the future, according to researchers who have created a color-coded system of each colorant used in the textile industry.
The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, is the first to use an algorithm to predict the colorant composition of textiles and to describe the color patterns used in textile production.
“The colors that we’ve seen in textile industry are not colorless, which means they’re not neutral,” said David Wojciechowski, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“They have a very specific, specific relationship to each other, and we don’t really understand what those colors are.”
The researchers used a color detector called Colorant X, which can measure the colors of nearly every textile, including the raw materials used to make the fabrics.
Using this technique, they created a system of 16 colorants.
They then used this colorant-colorant system to predict which colors the textile would use.
They found that the colorants used in textiles are highly variable, so they are the colors that would most likely to have an impact on the color and texture of the textile.
Wojcieski and his colleagues developed the color-sensitive colorant system based on existing methods to predict colors, but they say it is the most accurate system yet.
The researchers also used Colorant II, a machine that uses infrared light to detect the coloration of organic fibers.
It works in the same way as Colorant-Colorant system, but it has three additional features that allow it to detect more colors.
It can detect the colors red, yellow and blue.
This allows it to determine the color characteristics of a textile by the amount of red, blue or yellow in the fibers, Wojcski said.
The Colorant system is based on three key features of the Textile Colorant, said co-author Robert Cargill, a professor of materials science and engineering at Georgia Tech.
The system can detect three different colors in one sample of a sample.
The colorants that are most likely used in a textile are the red, green and blue, so that gives the system the ability to detect that red, which would be very important to textile manufacturers, and also the blue, which is important for a textile’s longevity.
“I think the color is a fundamental element in a very complex textile,” Cargil said.
“If we can find a way to detect it, we can use it in our textile manufacturing.”
Wojcsikowski and Cargills work together as a team to develop colorant systems for textile industries worldwide.
They hope that the technology can be used to predict how colors in other textile materials will change over time.
The researchers are also working on ways to measure colorants in the environment.
“We have a lot of technology that we can look at,” Wojcikski said, “and that’s going to change in the next 10 years.”
This article was written by Mary Beth Levesque and edited by Nick Cammell.