Application of crosslinking resins is one of the effective methods used for improving the dimensional stability of cotton knitted fabrics. However, such an application often results in severe deterioration in the bursting strength of the treated fabrics. This study was undertaken for modeling and optimization of the shrinkage control and bursting strength of Lacoste Pique cotton knitted fabrics, using response surface methodology. A central composite experimental design was used to find out the optimum resin and softener concentrations along with the best curing time for maximum shrinkage control with minimum possible loss in the fabric bursting strength.

Tanveer Hussain, Faiza Safdar, Ahsan Nazir and Kashif Iqbal