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Embroidery machine

Nov 22, 2022

Researchers Eye Embroidery as Low-Cost Solution for Making Wearable Electronics

NC State researchers discovered a low-cost, scalable method for making wearable devices. 

Wrist brace

Sep 6, 2022

Users Care About Assistive Devices’ Look, Feel and Smell

People considered the look, texture and smell of assistive devices in online reviews, an NC State study found. 

Polymer can remove dyes from water

Aug 11, 2022

New Method Can Remove Dyes From Wastewater

Findings by NC State researchers offer a new potential method for cleaning wastewater after use by textiles, cosmetics or other industries. 

textile craft

Aug 1, 2022

During COVID-19 Lockdowns, Textile Arts Helped Older Adults to Cope

An NC State researcher explored how textile arts and crafts helped adults isolated in senior living facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Talley tower

Jun 3, 2022

Fulbrights ‘Think and Do’ Globally

NC State innovation spans the globe, thanks to this year's Fulbright Scholars. From pioneering textile technologies in Sweden to the next generation of forest fire forecasting in India, our Fulbrights cover a lot of ground. 

Clothing designs by Sabrina Martin and Mary Grace Wilder.

May 2, 2022

How Universal Design Can Inform Inclusive Fashion

What does it mean for fashion to be inclusive or adaptive? We asked an NC State fashion expert. 

Rayon and elastane.

Apr 22, 2022

Textile Waste is a Problem. Here’s How Researchers Want to Solve It

NC State researchers are studying a process for separating blended fabrics into their component fibers. 

Tobacco thrips with Plant Armor

Apr 6, 2022

In ‘Plant Armor’ Crop Cover, Insects Have to Navigate Textile Maze

NC State researchers' design for a new crop cover could provide an effective, chemical-free alternative for insect protection. 

Supercapacitor yarns integrated in a fabric for powering LEDs'

Mar 22, 2022

Design Tweak Helps Prevent Malfunction in Yarns Designed to Store Energy

NC State researchers found a way to prevent electrical malfunctions in yarns designed to store electrical energy. 

Mask testing set-up at the NC State Textile Protection and Comfort Center.

Jan 27, 2022

N95s, KN95s, KF94s – Oh My! What They Are, How to Choose and Other Questions

An NC State expert weighs in on N95s, KN95s and KF94 respirators and what you can do if you can’t find one. 

Students work in a textile lab, writing on whiteboards and working in small groups at tables

Nov 1, 2021

Where Textiles Meets STEM

In the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, STEM majors can discover surprising opportunities and exceptional career preparation. 

Woman wears virtual reality headset.

Nov 1, 2021

Expert: Technology Could Help Clothing Retailers Become More Sustainable

NC State's Byoungho Ellie Jin explores the role that technologies like artificial intelligence, virtual reality and 3D printing could play in addressing industry problems like oversupply. 

Digital denim visual assessment set-up.

Oct 20, 2021

‘Digital Denim’ Is a Pretty Good Match for the Real Thing, Experts Say

NC State researchers printed ink on cotton fabric to make “digital” denim fabric resembling six styles of jeans. 

Sep 8, 2021

Why Disinfecting Your Mask with Alcohol or Bleach Is Almost Certainly a Bad Idea

NC State researchers evaluated impacts on health and the environment from improper use of chemical disinfectants. 

Bite-resistant textiles

Jul 13, 2021

Mosquito-Resistant Clothing Prevents Bites in Trials

NC State researchers created insecticide-free, mosquito-resistant clothing using bite-proof textiles they designed.