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Kocher, Leona A.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Human and Family Resources


Textile fabrics--Labeling--Law and legislation--United States


This study was designed to investigate the extent to which fiber content, manufacturer identification, country of origin, and instructional care information were present on garments available to consumers in a retail market. Elements of the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act and the care labeling rule were examined for compliance. Three categories of ladies' garments (tops, bottoms, dresses) were surveyed in four types of stores (department, specialty, off-price, discount). Information was obtained from hangtags and permanently affixed labels. Results indicated garments were at a high level of compliance with the care labeling rule as far as presence of a permanently affixed care label was concerned. Overall compliance with the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act was high. Examination of fiber content, correct percentage order, generic fiber names, manufacturer identification, and country of origin revealed an interaction between garment type and store type. Dresses were less frequently found to comply than other types of garments in relation to specific elements of the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, while no particular pattern emerged regarding store type. This study demonstrates the need for further research examining the elements of textile labeling compliance and forces in the marketplace which affect compliance with labeling regulations.


Bibliography: pages 26-27.


iv, 67 pages




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