Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Technology Studies

First Advisor

Subhas Ghosh


One of the most important properties desired by consumers when they purchase clothing is comfort. There are various methods for determining the factors that control the comfort of a piece of clothing. Some of those factors are thermal resistivity and evaporative moisture resistivity through the fabric. This thesis investigates the comfort factors of cotton, rayon, polyester, silk and wool fabrics. Fabric parameters such as yarn count, fineness of thread, cover factor, and weight result in different degrees of moisture resistance and thermal resistivity. These factors can make a piece of clothing more or less comfortable. The results of this investigation can be used to specifically design clothing for comfort under different atmospheric conditions.