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August 20th, 2009
Texas State gains textile industry chapter

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The board of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) recently approved student chapters for Texas State and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Lima, Peru.

The two newly established AATCC student chapters will work together to gain international product development expertise. They will also work with major U.S. retailers learning about color management and control in order to meet industry color quality requirements.

The AATCC chapter at Texas state is planning a trip to Peru in 2011. In the meantime the chapter plans to collaborate with UNMSM students to raise funds for activities. One such collaboration will be a denim drive during the “Sustainability of Textiles Year” during the 2010-11 school year.

“Getting an understanding of all areas of the textile supply chain will help the students succeed in the industry,” said Gwendolyn Hustvedt, assistant professor and faculty advisor of the Texas State chapter. “We intend to demonstrate a new model of involvement in the textile industry for university students and AATCC student chapters, in the United States and globally.”

The AATCC was founded by Dr. Lewis Olney in 1921. It is the world’s leading non-profit professional association for the textile design, materials, processing and testing industries. The AATCC are internationally recognized for their standard methods of testing dyed and chemically treated fibers and fabrics to measure and evaluate such performance characteristics as colorfastness to light and washing, smoothness appearance, soil release, shrinkage, water resistance, and the many other conditions to which textiles may be subjected.

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