Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: MANU5372C

Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5202 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott -
Sandie Benson-

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in the construction of garments and accessories.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2003A Identify fibres and fabrics


1. Identify fibres and fabrics
2. Describe fabric construction processes
3. Describe qualities of fabrics
4. Determine uses of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Fibres used in clothing industry are identified.
1.2 Methods of identifying fibres are identified.
1.3 Fabrics used in clothing industry are identified
1.4 Generic and trade names for fibres and fabrics are identified.
2.1 Fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics are identified
2.2 Construction processes of fabrics are described

3.1 Physical qualities of fabrics are described.
3.2 Visual qualities of fabrics are described.

4.1 Common uses of fabrics are identified.
4.2 Fabrics used in workplace are identified.

Learning Outcomes

Students will gain knowledge in identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry. Fibres include natural and synthetic, and fabrics include knitted, woven and non-woven through theory in class sessions, practical workshops tutorials and through prescribed exercises and assessment work

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning, consisting of classroom activities and practical workshops.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Introduction to unit.
Assessment Requirements.
Introduction to Fibres.
View Clothing Fibres Video.
Give out Property Definitions
Staple/ filament yarn
Knit / Weave fabric

Week 2
Natural Fibres: Animal
Property Definitions
Silk Video
Plant Fibres, Cotton Video

Week 3
.Assignment Fibres Properties

Man-made fibres (Regenerated)
Lactron, Ingeo, Soysilk, Bamboo
Production methods – Viscose, cupro, modal (polynosic).
Acetates: Acetate and triacetate

Week 4
Man-made (Synthetic) fibres :
Nylon, polyester, acrylics & elastomeric.
Nylon Video

Week 5

Summary chart of Fibre Properties and uses.
Students to present information on individual fibres

Hand Out Research Assignment

Week 6
Methods of Identifying fibres.
Eg. Burning/ Microscope
Fibre Quiz

Week 7
Spun yarns – Production systems for Cotton: Ring/ Open end spinning
Wool: Woollen & Worsted.
Multifilament/ Threads.
S & Z twists
Calculation of Tex
Introduction of Fabric Folio

Week 8 & 9
Different types of weaving.
Weave main types using paper.
Inspect materials and identify types of weaves:- plain, twill, satin, sateen.

Week 10
Inspect materials and identify types of weave. Jacquard and Pile.
Visit to weaving shed

Week 11

Class presentation of Fabric research Assignment.

Week 12
Discuss different types of Knits Weft

Week 13 & 14
Discuss different types of Knits Warp

Week 15
Discuss types of Non-Wovens and end uses.

Week 16 & 17
Fabric Folio Oral Presentation

Week 18
Demonstrate knowledge of Fibres and Fabrics

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


E.P.G. Gohl and L.D. Vilensky, Textiles for Modern Living
Anna L. Langford. Textiles Tenth Edition. Sara J Kadolph
The Textiles Institute, Textile Terms and Definitions
Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles
Julie Parker, All about Cotton
Julie Parker, All about Silk
Julie Parker, All about Wool
Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assignment 1 20%
Fibre ID Quiz 10%
Yarn ID 10%
Fibre Properties 5%
Definitions 5%
Final Exam 50%
TOTAL ---------------------------------------------- 100%

Assessment Tasks

Tasks that have not been authenticated in class as the student’s own work will not be considered for assessment. Regular attendance is necessary to demonstrate that you can:

1. Fibre / Fabric Property Definitions 5% Research a given fibre / fabric property and present findings.
2. Fibre Properties 5% Students are required to investigate the property fibre allocated and share findings with the rest of the class.
3. Fibre Quiz & Identifying Fibres 10% Identify fibres using a variety of methods.
4. Generic & Trade names are identified, researched and presented in the form of a Power Point Presentation 20%
5. Fabric Folio Oral Presentation of collated fabrics & yarns, research covering the construction process, physical, visual qualities and end uses. 20%
6. Demonstrate knowledge of Fibres and Fabrics 40%

Assessment Matrix

Methods of Fibre Identification & Quiz
Fabric Folio Oral Presentation
Fibre Properties Table
Presentation PP

Knowledge of Fibres & Fabrics

40 %
1. Identify Fibres and FabricsPPP













2. Describe Fabric construction processes. P PPP
3. Describe qualities of fabrics.  















4 Determine end uses of fabrics.PPPP






Other Information

The student will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times. Homework exercises are provided to the student to facilitate their learning in a self-paced manner and form part of the overall achievement of the competencies in this course. Students are reminded that they are expected to conduct an equal amount of time outside of class, research and furthering their understanding of the concepts being taught, as they do in class to be deemed competent in this course.

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