Properties of Garments Accessories

Properties of Garments Accessories
Mayedul Islam
Merchandiser at Fashion Xpress Buying House.
Badda, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Garments Accessories
The materials or components except the main fabric used in the garments are called garment accessories. Besides the main fabric, various additional things are used for making the garments. Accessories include Sewing Thread, Button, Zipper, Velcro, Label, Shoulder pad, Linings, Interlinings, etc. Accessories are of two types namely visible accessories and invisible accessories. Some accessories are used for functional purposes and some are for decorative purposes.
Garments Accessories
Garments Accessories
There are two types of garments accessories:
  1. Visible accessories: Visible accessories can be seen from outside of the garments e.g. Button, Sewing Thread, Zipper, Velcro, etc.
  2. Invisible accessories: They can not be seen from outside of the garments e.g. Interlining.
Requirements to become a Garment Accessories:
Accessories may be of textile or non-textile materials. They should be selected very carefully to get the desired performances. The qualities of accessories are described below:

A. Life time
The life time of garments and that of the accessories should be equal. Otherwise the accessories will be faded or spoiled by washing, ironing, pressing or rubbing.

B. Shrinkage
The appearance of the garment may be hampered if the accessories shrink due to washing, ironing and pressing. For example: seam pucker will be result if the sewing thread shrinks. So the shrink ability of the dress material and the accessories should be checked earlier.

C. Color fastness
The fastness properties of accessories should be good. The color of accessories should not be faded due to washing or exposure to sunlight. The appearance of garment will be hampered if the accessories materials are faded.

D. Rust
Where items are made from metal, the main constraint is the problem of rusting. The button, clamps, rivets, etc. may be made up of metals like iron, brass, steel, etc. If rusting occurs then they will create spot on garments. So to avoid this problem the metal accessories should be electroplated or they should be made up of non-rusting materials.

E. Comfort ability
Accessories should not create any uncomfortable feeling to the wearer. They should be hygienic as well as to cause no skin disease.
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Mazharul Islam Kiron is a textile consultant and researcher on online business promotion. He is working with one European textile machinery company as a country agent. He is also a contributor of Wikipedia.

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