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Title: The design and development of an illuminated polymeric optical fibre (POF) knitted garment
Authors: Chen, A 
Tan, J 
Henry, P
Tao, X 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Journal of the Textile Institute, 2020, v. 111, no. 5, p. 745-755
Abstract: This paper presents a new design and development process for integrating illuminated Polymeric Optical Fibre (POF) into knitted garments, by incorporating POF directly into the looped structure. Fully-fashioned knitting is presented as a means of overcoming garment design restrictions in existing works. A key challenge this work addresses is the creation of more appealing and fashionable form-fitting illuminated POF garments. The resultant work, a tight-fitting knitted raglan sleeve jumper with a section of knitted POF demonstrates that new aesthetics can be achieved, with our new technique. This project builds on existing research into POF integration into fashion and textiles, whilst challenging the existing view that POF cannot be formed into a looped structure. This project used a hand flat knitting machine to produce the knitted POF garment, to balance the benefits of using handcraft techniques for challenging fibres, with the faster knitting speed better associated with using knitting machines.
Keywords: Polymeric optical fibre
POF
Smart textiles
E-textiles
Illumination
Knitting
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Journal of the Textile Institute 
ISSN: 0040-5000
EISSN: 1754-2340
DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2019.1661937
Rights: © 2019 The Textile Institute
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of The Textile Institute on 06 Sep 2019 (Published online), available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00405000.2019.1661937
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