Fibers and Polymers

, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp 1400–1406 | Cite as

Development of a textile sensibility evaluation system

  • Jangwoon Park
  • Wongi Hong
  • Jeongrim Jeong
  • Myungeun Lee
  • Youngjoo Chae
  • Minjoo Paik
  • Gilsoo Cho
  • Heecheon You


As the demand in the market for a product with a high sensibility has dramatically increased, research has been conducted in designing products for better sensibility; however, most studies have employed a paper-and-pencil (P&P) questionnaire in administering a sensibility evaluation, causing a lack of efficiency and systematicity in sensibility research. The present study developed a computerized textile sensibility evaluation system which can be used to efficiently evaluate the visual, tactile, visual-tactile, and auditory sensibilities of textiles and examined its effectiveness in visual sensibility evaluation compared with the traditional P&P evaluation method. The computerized evaluation system has capabilities of managing information of textile properties, designing a sensibility evaluation experiment, administering a sensibility evaluation, and managing evaluation data for post hoc analysis. The test-retest protocol was administered with a within-subject design for 15 females in their 20 s and 30 s to examine the difference in visual sensibility evaluation between the P&P method and the computer-based method. A high correlation (r=.88∼.97) was found in sensibility evaluation between the two methods and the computer-based system showed a higher repeatability within a rater in repeated evaluation (a decrease of 25 % in intra-rater SD), which indicates the computer-based method is an effective alternative to the P&P method in visual sensibility evaluation. The findings of the present study support use of a computerized system for practitioners to efficiently identify preferred characteristics of textiles for the design of sensible clothing.


Textile sensibility evaluation Paper-and-pencil method Computerized system Effectiveness Sensibility adjective pairs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jangwoon Park
    • 1
  • Wongi Hong
    • 2
  • Jeongrim Jeong
    • 3
  • Myungeun Lee
    • 4
  • Youngjoo Chae
    • 4
  • Minjoo Paik
    • 4
  • Gilsoo Cho
    • 4
  • Heecheon You
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Management EngineeringPohang University of Science and TechnologyPohangKorea
  2. 2.Integrated Logistics SupportLIG Nex1 Co., Ltd.SeongnamKorea
  3. 3.Design School, Environmental Ergonomics Research CentreLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  4. 4.Department of Clothing and TextilesYonsei UniversitySeoulKorea

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