This prototype project, named as “Skin caring apparel system by application of Chitosan-based blend yarn for elderly” which aims to develop a series of chitosanbased yarn (CBY) textiles for elderly to provide convenient caring of their skin, based on the outcome of parent project "Development of An Innovative Spinning System for Chitosan Yarn (ITP/051/13TP)". With the cooperation of T.W.G.Hs., this project will develop a series of CBYbased handkerchiefs, aprons, and bedding for total 100 elderly with approximately female and male users. The proposed textile products will be composed of chitosan, cotton and other natural materials. The results in previous parent project showed that the 50% concentration of chitosan in fabric in the blend ratio reduce the rigidity of the fabric and provide a softer handle for the inner surface of the fabric. These home textiles can provide a better health & sanitary care for elderly people thanks to the bio-functions and comfort properties of the chitosan material. Further, through special fabric structure design, the functional effectiveness of chitosan-blended fabric can be maximized. Due to the high cost of chitosan raw materials, through this proposed optimized blending and fabricating method, a balance between the product performance and cost can be achieved to create a larger benefit margin. This is crucial for this innovative and expensive bio-material promotion and increasing the public awareness and benefit to human beings. Considering elderly users’ needs reflected from T.W.G.Hs., a chitosan-based prototypes package will be developed, which contains 2 piece of handkerchiefs, 2 piece of aprons with different gender design and a set of 3-piece bedding with unisex designs (pillow case, fitted sheet and flat sheet).
|Project No. (ITC)||ITT/030/16TP|
|Project Co-ordinator||Dr. LI Li|
|Research Institute||The Hong Kong Polytechnic University|
|ITF Amount||HK$ 1,592,000|
|Start Date DD/MM/YY||2017-03-31|
|Completion Date DD/MM/YY||2018-09-30|
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