Color Changing Fabric

By Russell Winslow on May 18 2007 - 1:16am

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Color-changing fabric” is one of my personal favorites in the domain of Wearable Electronics.Being able to change the color of my clothing as simple as to flip a switch or have it changed ‘automatically’ triggered by let’s say ambient light changes or temperature or – sometimes – by my well feeling, gives endless opportunities and possibilities for fashion designers.

According to Dr. Greg Sotzing from the University Connecticut, this comes one step closer to reality: Dr. Sotzing has created enhanced “electrochromic” polymers — a flexible material that changes color when an electrical charge is applied to it.

Electrochromic polymers have been around for a while, but they were too small and fragile to be practical, but Sotzing has found a way to make them long and flexible enough to be woven into cloth.

The trick for making the fibres useful for colour-changing fabrics, according to Williams, is to control the fibres on the scale of a single pixel.

Threads with different charges could be woven together with thin metal wires designed to deliver various voltages, with the intersection between a thread and a wire serving as a pixel.

Changing the voltage with an embedded battery would result in different colours.

This potentially goes beyond simply making your outfit that perfect shade of green; a jacket or shirt made from the polymers could actually serve as a TV screen for watching shows or serving up advertisements.

Ah – better take the TV back to be more realistic but nevertheless, changing the color partially on the complete clothing to adjust to different occasions would be of great benefit; no need to go home and change the dress / jacket.

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  1. Julie Vo August 29, 2007 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    I am a fashion designer in Houston Texas and am very interested in your changing color fabric. I would like to order some sample to play with, please advice me by email as how to order the sample.

    Thanks you

    Julie Vo

  2. Nikki May 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Hi,
    I am interested also in this process you have described. If available, could u please email me on how to order some samples.

    Thank you

    Nikki

  3. Emily November 4, 2008 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Hello,
    I’m currently developing a children’s wear range incorporating innovative fabrics and components. It would be great if you could send me some more information on the ‘colour changing fabric’ Whats the availability? Do you supply it? etc

    Kind Regards,

    Emily Axon.

  4. Clare November 20, 2008 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Hi,

    I am looking for a fabric that changes colour when it comes in contact with water. We think it is called hydrochromatic. I have googled it, but havent had much success. Do you know if it exists?

    Thanks for your time,

    I look forward to your response.

    Clare Morrison

  5. haris mustafa February 8, 2009 at 8:12 am - Reply

    i am a student if textile enggineering and i am doing my project on electronic textile and i want some knowledge from you about changing color fabrics and also want some samples please tell me the procedure by mail.
    thanks, waiting for your reply

  6. Rob Bruton April 1, 2009 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am researching new materials for a company who customise super yaughts, would it be possible to purchase some samples of this material from you in order to see its capabilities please.
    Please reply to my e-mail on this.

    Thanks,
    Rob

  7. Ross Cajucom April 11, 2009 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Im a student studying Advanced Diploma Fashion Design and I was just wondering where i could get some Fabrics and other information about this colour changing fabric. Thanks. I look forward to your reply

  8. Keri April 30, 2009 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I am in the process of starting my own young adult and children line of clothing and this would be wonderful fabric to incorporate. Please advise if this is for sale.

  9. Carlos Higueros July 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Hi, im from Guatemala City, and im interested on the changing color fabric. If you can e-mail how i can get the fabrics would be awesome.

    thank you!!!

  10. Chinkle U August 13, 2009 at 1:43 am - Reply

    hey ,
    i m electronics engg student searchin for final year project and i got impressed with this color changing fabric & how leds are woven in to textiles for displays
    canu guide me as to how to make one
    by sendin some more info at the given mail address

  11. Jeff Ng October 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    hi…i am a final year student of fashion merchandising and i am preparing my final tear project, i am looking for some info. which is relate to raincoar, do you know whether there are some fabric which color will be change when it get wet?? if it exists

    please reply to my e-mail on this.
    thanks for your time

  12. rishabh verma November 14, 2009 at 7:09 am - Reply

    hi.im a final yr studnt in fashion technology.. id like to get more info on the fabric regarding my graduation project.and the procedure to order samples as well.

    kindly respond on the aforementioned email.
    thax in adv.

  13. Srividhya November 14, 2009 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Hi,

    We are a team of students from the University of Florida, looking for information on color changing fabrics solely for academic purposes. We are highly interested to know more about the technology that has been mentioned here and would appreciate if you could help us with the same by providing some samples. We look forward to hearing from you. You can reach me at the mail-id mentioned.

  14. luis rodriguez March 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    dear sir
    i am interesting pls send me more information
    regards, i write from Peru

  15. Maya March 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Hi
    I’m a textile design student, also looking for information on color changing fibers to weave with, wonder if you could point me in the right direction? or where I could get some samples?
    THANK YOU

  16. Madi G May 19, 2010 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Hi,
    Is it possible if there are any samples available as I’m interested in designing an innovative piece of fashion for my year 10 work.
    thanks a heap.

  17. Tracie July 8, 2010 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    To whom it may concern,

    Do you have fabric that changes color when it gets wet? If so, can you please send me samples and or information on colors and how to purchase materials? I would greatly appreciate any information that you may have or information as to who I would get in contact with. Please reply to my email address.

    Thank You,

    Tracie

  18. Atori Kai July 13, 2010 at 8:03 am - Reply

    very interested.please send me all info of this topic.is there actually a sample?

  19. Zen July 30, 2010 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    I am a designer trying to find some cutting edge textiles, color changing fibers have peeked my curiosity. I would appreciate it if you could point me in the direction to were one could obtain such fabrics…thank you for your time…

    Zen

  20. Jai Singh September 9, 2010 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Well hello sir, I am happy to see someone has worked out on such a thing. Well would you please contact me on my mail. Even i have few ideas and interesting things like this.
    Thank You

  21. yasuy November 9, 2010 at 5:43 am - Reply

    good day!

    I’m from the Philippines. I would like to develop line of clothing using this magnificent material. I am very interested in this fabric and how it may change the way people would see design. Please email me about other information pertaining to this product and how I may be able to order it.
    thank you very much!

  22. Kate November 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Hi, Im a final year student on Fashion Communication and Promotion and for my final project, would love to know if there is some kind of fabric that could be used in umbrella’s so they change colour when they get wet? even better would be fabrics that can detect the PH levels of the rain and therefore change colour with the acidity?

    Please get back to me soon, thanks

  23. daniel February 5, 2011 at 9:20 am - Reply

    are you selling those

  24. Marcela February 22, 2011 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Hi, I would like to know a little bit more about this kind of fabric, and If I could get some samples of it.
    thank u very much

  25. Zara O'Daffer April 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am 11 and i have an invention idea and i need some fabric or materials that change by mood. If you could inform me if: this exist; you could some how get it to me; the cost,ect.
    sincerely,
    Zara O’Daffer

  26. Trae June 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I work in upholstery furniture. I am interested in if fabric is being produced that is already woven with the color changing fibers. Anyway you could direct me to a mill or loom that weaves these type of goods or is anyone doing this right now? I look forward to your answer.
    Thanks,
    Trae

  27. Negar July 29, 2011 at 2:50 am - Reply

    Hi
    I’m a costume designer, looking for color changing fabrics. Your product sounds extremely magical and theatrical! I was wondering if I could order some sample or get more info.
    I’m looking forward for your reply. Please reach me at the mail mentioned.
    thank you

  28. Michelle September 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    I am a student researcher at Washington University in St. Louis in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. We are working on a Materials Research Lab and I would love to get a sample of this fabric. Please contact me with more information. Thank you!

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