Textile technology III
Of seams and eyelets: making up narrow textiles
In everyday language, most people probably associate the german-language „Konfektion“ – which means i. a. tailoring – with the mass production of garments. But if you deal with technical textiles, as we do, „Konfektion“ means the work step during which the finished narrow textile becomes a component for the customer.
The Latin verb „conficere“ means, among other things, to make, to execute, to finish. This is the origin of the words „Konfektion“ and „confectionery". Something is finished for the customer: a garment, sweets – or textiles.
The target: best possible function
When making up narrow textiles, the aim is often to create a connection to another element. An elastic tape needs to be connected to a button on a protective suit later on, a cord to a hook on a backpack, a net to a car seat system. Or, as a final step, the textile item needs to be given a certain shape. It is pulled over something, cut or perforated for its respective use. The key issue in tailoring of narrow textiles is always a component that fulfils its special function in the best possible way.