The Advanced Textile Products and Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of IFAI, recently selected recipients of the 2019 Advanced Textiles Student Design Competition. Association representatives announced the winners at IFAI Expo 2019, held Oct. 1-4 in Orlando, Florida.
First place honors went to University of Minnesota–Twin Cities students, Ian Harris, Warda Moosa and Mary Xiong for their project “Emergency Avalanche Transceiver Garment.” This project was developed as a possible main shell layer used by skiers and snowboarders in the backcountry that would provide an all-in-one solution as an avalanche beacon harness and jacket. Patagonia Inc. was the sponsor for this project brief and provided materials to aid in research testing and prototyping. The team won a prize package worth more than $6,000, which included a trip to IFAI Expo 2019 to present their project to the industry.
Second place went to Marina Lee, Farah Alfayruz and Fatimah Alfayruz, from University of Wisconsin–Stout for their project “Hamayh Suit.” The garment, which was designed with safety, comfort/ease and functionality in mind, was developed for gas filling attendants and gas pipeline workers who encounter some of the most hazardous and harshest work environments.
Third place went to students Jessalyn Bennett, Susanna Bordelon and Cecily Ripley, also from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, for their project “Anti-Malaria Dress.” This project is a garment that incorporates a unique design, unlike other current malaria protection products, and includes features such as portability, non-chemical mosquito repellency and accessibility for mothers to breastfeed.
This year’s student design challenge was to use textiles as a major component to design aerospace, medical, military, safety/protective or other wearable and non-wearable textile technology applications.