Material ConneXion Exploration
Category of textile material of interest and why
I currently live with my dog at school and this past summer in New York City. We take two or three times a day. My dog is only a little more than one year old, but the bottom of his paws is already very rough and the vet said it is quite inevitable if he goes outside frequently. In addition, after every walk I clean his feet twice or three times with paper towels and hand sanitizer, since he comes onto my bed everyday. It’s not that dirty in Ithaca, just annoying to get dirt and grass off, but this past summer in New York City, I always had to give his feet three rounds of cleaning until the paper towels used ...view middle of the document...
Unlike the chunky though trendy-looking boots that I bought my dog for outdoor wear on rainy days and that I never put on for him after using them three times, the stretchability and the contouring characteristic make it easier to put it on and stay on for him and also less bothersome for him. Moreover, it provides great coverage, which protects his paws from the unsanitary streets. Revolutional Energy’s intended applications, such as active sports and swimsuits, also demonstrated that this fabric would be great for my intended use, because dogs run around on grass a lot as well and would need the material that does not trap dirt easily.
DYNASTAR TiO2 Self-cleaning Membrane manufactured by Kanbo Pras Corporation, Japan (See Appendix 2)
An outdoor fabric made from polyester and PVC and coated with titanium dioxide, DYNASTAR has a unique and innovative fabric. Interestingly, the special titanium dioxide coating gives the fabric “self cleaning” properties. “Though the photocatalytic effect that reacts to sunlight and other incident light, such that when dirt, dust and organic matter fall onto the surface of the fabric, the titanium dioxide degrade this organic dirt. Natural elements such as rain and water are then able to remove the dirt from the surface of the fabric ”. Therefore, the fabric is a good match because of its stain resistance. In addition, it is also water resistant and has low thermal conductivity. To be able to use it for dogs’ shoes, it would most likely need to blend with other materials such as LYCRA to make it more elastic.
460 DAKOTA manufactured by Carvico, Italy (See Appendix 3)
Composed of 84% nylon and 16% LYCRA, 460 DAKOTA is highly elastic and able to retain its shape after multiple uses, which is fitting for dogs that walk twice or three times a day. Moreover, the fabric has also undergone Sanitizedbacteriostatic treatment to prevent proliferation of bacteria, which is a desirable feature to dog owners. Furthermore, other attractive characteristics of this fabric for my intended use include abrasion resistance, so that the shoes won’t wear out and expose the dogs’ feet to the rough ground. This water resistant fabric is also used in apparel for swimming, skiing and footwear, so it’s suitable for dog walking during rainy, snowy or muddy days.
Lunabrite Ribbon manufactured by LUNABrite Light Technology, USA (See Appendix 4)
This fabric has most of the desirable features for dog walking but with an additional plus—the “glow-in-the-dark” feature, which will be helpful if dog owners walk their dogs off leash or in a big field when it’s dark, as the fabric is currently used for outdoor way finding. The TPE elastomer ribbons are “pigmented with a light responsive additive and become fully charge with...