Development and characterisation of secured traceability tag for textile products by printing process

  • Tarun Kumar AgrawalEmail author
  • Christine Campagne
  • Ludovic Koehl
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Product security is one of the major concerns in the textile industry. Every year, fashion brands suffer significant loss due to counterfeit products. Addressing this, the paper introduces a secured tag for traceability and security of textile products. The proposed tag is unclonable, which can be manufactured using conventional screen-printing process. Further, it can be read using a smartphone camera to authenticate the product and trace its history. Consequently, imparting additional functionality to the textile through surface modification. To validate its applicability, the study experimentally investigates the durability and readability of the developed secured tag using three different binders on polyester and cotton textiles substrates. A comparison is presented with an in-depth analysis of surfaces and binders interaction at different stages of the secured tag lifecycle, i.e. before print, after print, after wash and after abrasion cycles. The methodology and findings of the study can also be useful for other manufacturing domains dealing with the printing process.


Secured tag Traceability Screen printing Adhesion 



The authors would like to thank Mr. Christian Catel from ENSAIT/GEMTEX, France, for his time and help.


This work has been comprehended in the framework of Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Project—SMDTex (Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles), which is financed by the European Commission.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tarun Kumar Agrawal
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  • Christine Campagne
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ludovic Koehl
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.ENSAIT, GEMTEX – Laboratoire de Génie et Matériaux TextilesLilleFrance
  2. 2.Université Lille Nord de FranceLilleFrance
  3. 3.The Swedish School of TextilesUniversity of BorasBorasSweden
  4. 4.College of Textile and Clothing EngineeringSoochow UniversitySuzhouChina

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