Identify the characteristics of natural and man-made fibers.
Identification should include a general overview of characteristics such as washability, durability, sustainability, flame resistance, absorbency, warmth, and special care requirements, as well as the properties that produce these characteristics.
- What are examples of natural fibers? What are the characteristics of each?
- How have man-made fibers changed the fashion industry?
- What fiber characteristics tend to be associated with certain apparel target markets? Why?
- What are some emerging natural and man-made fibers?
- How have environmental concerns affected fiber choices?
- Why are some fibers more flame resistant than others? Why are some more absorbent than others?
- Why is shrinkage such an important factor when determining which fabrics to use?
- How have performance fabrics crossed over to the ready-to-wear market, and for what use?
- Why are some fibers washable, and why do others need dry cleaning?
- Why were certain fabrics more popular during different decades?
Related Standards of Learning
History and Social Science
The student will analyze how physical and ecological processes shape Earth’s surface by
- explaining regional climatic patterns and weather phenomena and their effects on people and places;
- describing how humans influence the environment and are influenced by it; and
- explaining how technology affects one's ability to modify the environment and adapt to it.
The student will apply social science skills to analyze the impact of globalization by
- identifying factors, including comparative advantage, that influence the distribution of economic activities and trade;
- describing ways that economic and social interactions change over time; and
- mapping, describing, and evaluating economic unions.