Quality Assurance

Independent Testing Laboratories

To support your product development process, Cotton Incorporated has compiled a list of potential independent testing laboratories.

Shrinkage Testing

Learn about shrinkage testing.

Knit Fabric Shrinkage

Learn about the fundamentals of knit fabric shrinkage including knitting parameters, dyeing and finishing parameters, and chemical finishing.

Shrinkage Basics

Learn about the basics of shrinkage.

Understanding & Overcoming Shrinkage

Controlling shrinkage of textile and apparel products impacts the design and production planning in manufacturing or sourcing products.

Quality Testing: Care & Appearance

Learn about quality testing: appearance, colorfastness, lightfastness, rating procedures, and dimensional stability.

Quality Testing: Durability

Learn about quality testing: strength, abrasion resistance, and pilling.

Quality Testing: Construction

Learn about quality testing: fiber, yarn, and fabric.

Quality Testing: Product Sampling & Conditioning

Learn about quality testing: product sampling and conditioning.

Understanding & Overcoming Skewing

Learn to improve the performance of your quality goods as textile expert Don Bailey delves into key textile techniques.

Understanding & Overcoming Pilling

One of the most common complaints concerning product aesthetics and performance is that of pilling.

Consumers Speak: Apparel Changes that Impact Satisfaction

Consumer reviews impact purchases. Learn how apparel performance issues and fabrication changes can impact shopper loyalty to brands and retailers.

Quality Assurance: Stains

Oil and stain resistance are desirable attributes of fabrics—in the garments we wear to protect us, well, against ourselves!

Quality Assurance: Water Testing

Learn about the absorption of liquid and its movement in relation to fabric.

Quality Assurance: Stretch & Growth

The attribute of fabric stretch has associated properties that are as important as the stretch characteristic itself.

Quality Assurance: Flammability

Learn about the three flammability standards pertinent to apparel and children’s sleepwear.

Quality Assurance: Comfort

Learn the fundamental aspects of fabric comfort, from air permeability to drying.