Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

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

Sandra 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:

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

Hours of blended learning, consisting of classroom activities and practical workshops. This is a practical and theoretical class. You will be expected to attend, participate and complete each task to the required standard, to be eligible to be assessed and to continue with the next task.
As well as class activities you will be required to undertake minimal research and assessment practice outside of regular class times.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
Introduction to unit.
Assessment Requirements.
Introduction to Fibres.
View Clothing Fibres Video.
Staple/ filament yarn samples
Knit / Weave fabric samples

Hand Out Property Definitions for Research  1 hour non contact

Week 2
Different types of weaving.
Weave main types using paper.
Inspect materials and identify types of weaves:- plain, twill, satin, sateen.
Introduction of Fabric Folio 10 hours non contact

Week 3
Inspect materials and identify types of weave. Jacquard and Pile.
Visit to weaving shed

Property Definitions Presentation

Week 4 & 5

Week 4 & 5

Discuss different types of Knits  Weft Knitting

Identify different types of knitted fabrics

Week 6

Discuss different types of Knits Warp
Identify different types of knitted fabrics

Week 7 
Discuss types of Non-Wovens and end uses.
Hand Out Fabric/Fibre Research Assignment4 hours non contact

Week 8

Fabric Folio Oral Presentation

Week 9

Fabric Folio Oral Presentation Continued

Silk Video

Week 10

Natural Fibres: Animal 

Plant Fibres, Cotton Video

Week 11

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

Week 12
Man-made (Synthetic) fibres :
Nylon, polyester, acrylics & elastomeric.
Nylon Video

Week 13

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

Week 14

Class presentation of Fabric research Assignment.

Week 15

Fibre Quiz & In class revision
Revision 3 hours non contact

Week 16
Demonstrate knowledge of Fibres and Fabrics

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References 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

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 are competent at completing the following assessment tasks
1. Fibre / Fabric Property Definitions  Research a given fibre / fabric property and present findings.
2. Fibre Properties  Students are required to investigate the property fibre allocated and share findings with the rest of the class.
3. Fibre Quiz.  Answer 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
5. Fabric Folio Oral Presentation of collated fabrics & yarns, research covering the construction process, physical, visual qualities and end uses.

Demonstrate knowledge of Fibres and Fabrics will be used to establish your graded assessment.

Assessment Matrix


Fibre Properties Table Fibre QuizFibre/Fabric
Presentation PP
Fabric Folio Oral PresentationKnowledge of Fibres & Fabrics
1. Identify Fibres and Fabrics







2. Describe Fabric construction processes.







3. Describe qualities of fabrics.







4 Determine end uses of fabrics.







Other Information

 Where there are multiple assessments for a single element the students must achieve competency in each assessment to be deemed competent. Only then can a graded result be given.

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