Sustainable development of smart textiles: A review of ‘Self-functioning’ abilities which makes textiles alive

Tin Wai Cheung, Li Li

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Smart textiles, which are the textiles with innovative and technological applications, can receive and give responses to the external stimuli so as to accommodate themselves to changes in surrounding. ‘Self-functioning’ is an ability of a matter for performing a specific process or response on its own automatically towards a corresponding requirement. In recent decades, the implementation of smart textiles with various ‘self-functioning’ capabilities has been opened up increasingly. It would be a vital role for maintaining the sustainability of textile and clothing industry. In this paper, a general review of smart textiles with the three ‘self-functioning’ abilities is addressed and divided into the following sections:

a. Smart fabrics with ‘self-cleaning’ ability;
b. Smart textiles with ‘self-healing’ ability and
c. Smart textile apparels with ‘self-thermoregulation’ ability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-156
JournalJournal of Fashion Technology & Textile Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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