Advanced textiles for health and well-being / Marie O'Mahony.

by O'Mahony, Marie [author.]Looking glass.

Publisher: New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2011.Description: 240 pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780500515877.Subject(s): Textile fabricsLooking glass | Textile fabrics -- Technological innovations | Textile fibers -- Health aspects | Textile fabrics -- Environmental aspectsNote: Includes bibliographical references (pages 238) and index.
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The world's most creative designers and engineers are working together to develop high-performance fabrics that are sustainable, fireproof, anti-bacterial, soundproof, sun- and even shark-resistant. From medical implants to space fabrics, advanced textiles have the potential to transform human habitats and transportation, protect the environment, and support personal health and well-being.Advanced Textiles celebrates the latest technological advances in fabrics--including synthetic and hybrid fibers, new weaves and knits, three-dimensional materials, coatings, and nanotechnology--along with the design innovations they have made possible.More than 200 color illustrations demonstrate the beauty and ingenuity of the latest advanced textiles and their exciting real-world applications. An authoritative glossary of technical terms and a list of suppliers complete this indispensable guide.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 238) and index.

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Library Journal Review

O'Mahony (advanced textiles, Univ. of Technology, Sydney; Cyborg: The Man-Machine) presents an up-to-date overview of how textiles are integral to our lives. The book starts with an overview of recycled, natural, human-made, and composite fibers, with information on spinning and manufacturing technologies, then looks at the various structures and surfaces created by those fibers. The various uses of fibers are well depicted, and the book includes over 200 color illustrations. She covers the use of textiles in buildings, transportation, the environment, and, of course, clothing, as well as subjects ranging from thread made of bovine serum albumin, which allows surgical stitches to heal faster, to Fibertect, a cotton-based material that can absorb 40 times its weight in oil, which can help clean up oil spills. The book also includes a directory of suppliers. VERDICT A useful update to O'Mahony's previous books on the subject, coauthored with Sarah E. Braddock Clarke (Techno Textiles; TechnoTextiles 2), this title will be of interest to both students and professionals in design or textiles who want to explore new fibers.-Margaret Henderson, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Lib., Richmond (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Exploring technological innovations in the world textile industry, this volume by O'Mahony (Univ. of Technology in Sydney, Australia) brings together cutting-edge engineering and design work in fibers and fabrics. Focusing on materials and design innovations, the book provides information on companies and their collaborations, innovations, and products. The author briefly explains cutting-edge technologies, providing a strong wow factor. She describes materials, surface treatments, and applications in the context of habitats, transportation, personal use (with emphasis on medical and work safety), and environmental concerns. The book does an effective job of showing design-driven science and its application. The 231 color images are enticing, and the book has a strong visual component that helps extend the concept of textiles. Although general readers would need some science background, this book would be an inspiring addition to a collection geared to students of applied design, architecture, engineering, sustainability and environmental management, and textiles. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students, and general readers. L. L. Kriner Berea College

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Marie O'Mahony is Professor of Advanced Textiles at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.

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