In rough weather, which enforces to wear multiple layers of clothing, the top layer has the protective function. Outerwear works together with clothing that fits your body and protects against cold, wind and rain. These can be jackets and suits which are also equipped with a water-vapour resistant and waterproof membrane for extreme conditions.

Thermoregulation properties

  • Transmittance of heat and vapours
  • Thermal insulation by means of a thermal manikin
  • Breathability (air permeability)

Mechanical properties

  • Resistance to water penetration
  • Resistance to surface wetting (spray test)
  • Changing the size and appearance after washing maintenance
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Determination of pilling
  • Bursting properties

Colour fastness

  • Colour fastness to washing
  • Colour fastness to rubbing
  • Colour fastness to artificial light

Health – hygienic properties

  • Testing of selected indicators of health - hygienic properties (formaldehyde, pH, heavy metals, aromatic amines)
  • Readymade-processing, equipment of ventilation holes
  • Maintenance symbols (pictograms for washing, ironing, drying, etc.)
  • Integrity of manufacturer's information about properties (if written)
  • Improperly selected maintenance procedure leading to product damage
  • Low colour fastness
  • Decline of „functional characteristics" caused by repeated maintenance
  • Inappropriate use of emollients - softener
  • CEN/TR 16422 Classification of thermoregulatory properties
  • EN ISO 15831 Clothing – Physiological effects – Measurement of thermal insulation by means of a thermal manikin
  • EN ISO 12947-2 Textiles – Determination of the abrasion resistance of fabrics by the Martindale method – Part 2: Determination of specimen breakdown
  • EN ISO 12945-2 Textiles – Determination of fabric propensity to surface fuzzing and to pilling – Part 2: Modified Martindale method
  • EN ISO 9237 Textiles – Determination of the permeability of fabrics to air
  • EN ISO 11092 Textiles – Determination of physiological properties – Measurement of thermal and water-vapour resistance under steady-state conditions (sweating guarded – hotplate test)
  • ČSN 80 0074 Textiles – Determination of standard dry mass and moisture content
  • EN ISO 6330 Textiles – Domestic washing and drying procedures for textile testing
  • EN ISO 4920 Textile fabrics – Determination of resistance to surface wetting (spray test)
  • EN 20811 Textiles – Determination of resistance to water penetration – Hydrostatic pressure test
  • EN ISO 13938-1 Textiles – Bursting properties of fabrics – Part 1: Hydraulic method for determination of bursting strength and bursting distension

Colour fastness:

  • EN ISO 105-X12 Textiles – Tests for colour fastness – Part X12: Colour fastness to rubbing
  • EN ISO 105-B07 Textiles – Tests for colour fatness – Part B07: Colour fastness to light of textiles wetted with artificial perspiration
  • EN ISO 105-C06 Textiles – Tests for colour fastness – Part C06: Colour fastness to domestic and commercial laundering

Contact for information about testing multilayered clothing:

Don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

Ing. Petr Nasadil

Testing laboratory manager
+420 543 426 730
Textile Testing institute