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Textile association chapter established at Texas State

By Chelsea Stockton
University News Service
August 19, 2009

The student chapters of the Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists at Texas State University-San Marcos and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, have been approved by the board of the AATCC.

The world’s leading nonprofit association serving textile professionals, the AATCC provides test method developments, quality control materials and professional networking for members in about 60 countries throughout the world.

The newly established AATCC student chapter members will work together to gain international product development experience, as well as work with major U.S. retailers in areas such as color management and control in order to meet color quality requirements.

Texas State chapter members are planning a trip to Peru in 2011. Meanwhile, they will collaborate with UNMSM students and industry organizations to raise funds for activities, such as a denim drive, during their “Sustainability of Textiles Year” in 2010-2011.

In addition, the students are formulating plans for entering the annual AATCC Concept 2 Consumer student design competition.

“Getting an understanding of all areas of the textile supply chain will help the students succeed in the industry,” said Gwendolyn Hustvedt, assistant professor and faculty advisor of the Texas State chapter. “We intend to demonstrate a new model of involvement in the textile industry for university students and AATCC student chapters, in the United States and globally.”