Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5902C

Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5220 - Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

Course Contact : Mandy Penton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259202

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott -

Sandy Benson -

Merrilyn Partos

Henry Orlinski -

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:

LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics


1. Identify fibres and 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. Describe fabric construction processes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics are identified
2.2 Construction processes of fabrics are described


3. Describe qualities of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

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


4. Determine uses of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

In this unit you will be required to develop the skills and knowledge as it applies to 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.

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

Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics

Other Resources

Equipment: Pick glass. Folder and plastic pockets

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.

This course comprises both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.

As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.

PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

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 prepare class presentation.
2. Fibre Properties 5% Students are required to investigate the properties of allocated fibre and share findings with the rest of the class.
3. Fibre Quiz & Identifying Fibres 10% Identify fibres using a variety of methods and complete quiz relating to all fibres studied.
4. Fibre/Fabric (Generic & Trade names) are identified, researched and presented in the form of a Power Point Presentation 20%
5. Fabric Library oral presentation. Research required information relevant to allocated fabrics covering the construction process, physical, visual qualities and end uses. Present in the form of a power point presentation. 20%
6. Demonstrate knowledge of Fibres and Fabrics studied. 40%

Assessment Matrix


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

40 %
1. Identify Fibres and FabricsYesYesYesYesYesYes
2. Describe Fabric construction processes.Yes  YesYesYes
3. Describe qualities of fabrics.Yes  YesYesYes
4 Determine end uses of fabrics.. Yes  YesYesYes

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