Fibres and Fabrics was one of the four topics that featured as a separate area of study in the Nuffield Home Economics course for students aged 14–16. The aim was to allow students to learn textile science in a way that would be useful to them in everyday life.
The emphasis in the course was on learning about the industrial processes involved in the manufacture of fabrics, and how these could affect the clothes that people buy and wear. Students were encouraged to consider the reasons why fabrics are made the way they are for different purposes. This included reflection on the relative importance of different criteria - aesthetics, performance, and price – when choosing to buy clothes.
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