By  on December 4, 2007

On Dec. 10, IntertechPira's three-day "Smart and Intelligent Textiles" conference begins in Prague with an entire day dedicated to nanotextiles. "The most promising technologies being researched today are the ones that don't alter the look or feel of the fabrics," says designer Angel Chang, who will be a keynote speaker at the event. Traditional treatments not only fade with washing, but also change the way materials feel. This is where nanotextile technologies shine.

At the moment, most of the available nanotextiles are made of fibers that have been chemically treated. The molecules in these chemicals have been arranged so that they bond with the fibers on a molecular level and give the fabric the desired performance capability without clogging the weave or changing its hand. Nano-Tex, founded in 1998, currently produces four main fabric treatments named simply by function in its 80 licensed mills.

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