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Color Changing Fabric


tvshirt.jpg“Color-changing fabric” is one of my personal favorites in the domain of Wearable Electronics.Being able to change the color of my clothing as simple as to flip a switch or have it changed ‘automatically’ triggered by let’s say ambient light changes or temperature or – sometimes – by my well feeling, gives endless opportunities and possibilities for fashion designers.

According to Dr. Greg Sotzing from the University Connecticut, this comes one step closer to reality: Dr. Sotzing has created enhanced “electrochromic” polymers — a flexible material that changes color when an electrical charge is applied to it.

Electrochromic polymers have been around for a while, but they were too small and fragile to be practical, but Sotzing has found a way to make them long and flexible enough to be woven into cloth.

The trick for making the fibres useful for colour-changing fabrics, according to Williams, is to control the fibres on the scale of a single pixel.

Threads with different charges could be woven together with thin metal wires designed to deliver various voltages, with the intersection between a thread and a wire serving as a pixel.

Changing the voltage with an embedded battery would result in different colours.

This potentially goes beyond simply making your outfit that perfect shade of green; a jacket or shirt made from the polymers could actually serve as a TV screen for watching shows or serving up advertisements.

Ah – better take the TV back to be more realistic but nevertheless, changing the color partially on the complete clothing to adjust to different occasions would be of great benefit; no need to go home and change the dress / jacket.

SubType: Concept
Technologies: Display

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  • Dear Sir or Madam:

    I am a fashion designer in Houston Texas and am very interested in your changing color fabric. I would like to order some sample to play with, please advice me by email as how to order the sample.

    Thanks you

    Julie Vo

  • Hi,
    I am interested also in this process you have described. If available, could u please email me on how to order some samples.

    Thank you


  • Hello,
    I’m currently developing a children’s wear range incorporating innovative fabrics and components. It would be great if you could send me some more information on the ‘colour changing fabric’ Whats the availability? Do you supply it? etc

    Kind Regards,

    Emily Axon.

  • Hi,

    I am looking for a fabric that changes colour when it comes in contact with water. We think it is called hydrochromatic. I have googled it, but havent had much success. Do you know if it exists?

    Thanks for your time,

    I look forward to your response.

    Clare Morrison

  • i am a student if textile enggineering and i am doing my project on electronic textile and i want some knowledge from you about changing color fabrics and also want some samples please tell me the procedure by mail.
    thanks, waiting for your reply

  • Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am researching new materials for a company who customise super yaughts, would it be possible to purchase some samples of this material from you in order to see its capabilities please.
    Please reply to my e-mail on this.


  • Im a student studying Advanced Diploma Fashion Design and I was just wondering where i could get some Fabrics and other information about this colour changing fabric. Thanks. I look forward to your reply

  • I am in the process of starting my own young adult and children line of clothing and this would be wonderful fabric to incorporate. Please advise if this is for sale.

  • Carlos Higueros
    July 15, 2009 3:45 pm

    Hi, im from Guatemala City, and im interested on the changing color fabric. If you can e-mail how i can get the fabrics would be awesome.

    thank you!!!

  • hey ,
    i m electronics engg student searchin for final year project and i got impressed with this color changing fabric & how leds are woven in to textiles for displays
    canu guide me as to how to make one
    by sendin some more info at the given mail address

  • hi…i am a final year student of fashion merchandising and i am preparing my final tear project, i am looking for some info. which is relate to raincoar, do you know whether there are some fabric which color will be change when it get wet?? if it exists

    please reply to my e-mail on this.
    thanks for your time

  • a final yr studnt in fashion technology.. id like to get more info on the fabric regarding my graduation project.and the procedure to order samples as well.

    kindly respond on the aforementioned email.
    thax in adv.

  • Hi,

    We are a team of students from the University of Florida, looking for information on color changing fabrics solely for academic purposes. We are highly interested to know more about the technology that has been mentioned here and would appreciate if you could help us with the same by providing some samples. We look forward to hearing from you. You can reach me at the mail-id mentioned.

  • luis rodriguez
    March 2, 2010 3:30 pm

    dear sir
    i am interesting pls send me more information
    regards, i write from Peru

  • Hi
    I’m a textile design student, also looking for information on color changing fibers to weave with, wonder if you could point me in the right direction? or where I could get some samples?

  • Hi,
    Is it possible if there are any samples available as I’m interested in designing an innovative piece of fashion for my year 10 work.
    thanks a heap.

  • To whom it may concern,

    Do you have fabric that changes color when it gets wet? If so, can you please send me samples and or information on colors and how to purchase materials? I would greatly appreciate any information that you may have or information as to who I would get in contact with. Please reply to my email address.

    Thank You,


  • very interested.please send me all info of this there actually a sample?

  • I am a designer trying to find some cutting edge textiles, color changing fibers have peeked my curiosity. I would appreciate it if you could point me in the direction to were one could obtain such fabrics…thank you for your time…


  • Well hello sir, I am happy to see someone has worked out on such a thing. Well would you please contact me on my mail. Even i have few ideas and interesting things like this.
    Thank You

  • good day!

    I’m from the Philippines. I would like to develop line of clothing using this magnificent material. I am very interested in this fabric and how it may change the way people would see design. Please email me about other information pertaining to this product and how I may be able to order it.
    thank you very much!

  • Hi, Im a final year student on Fashion Communication and Promotion and for my final project, would love to know if there is some kind of fabric that could be used in umbrella’s so they change colour when they get wet? even better would be fabrics that can detect the PH levels of the rain and therefore change colour with the acidity?

    Please get back to me soon, thanks

  • are you selling those

  • Hi, I would like to know a little bit more about this kind of fabric, and If I could get some samples of it.
    thank u very much

  • Hello, I am 11 and i have an invention idea and i need some fabric or materials that change by mood. If you could inform me if: this exist; you could some how get it to me; the cost,ect.
    Zara O’Daffer

  • I work in upholstery furniture. I am interested in if fabric is being produced that is already woven with the color changing fibers. Anyway you could direct me to a mill or loom that weaves these type of goods or is anyone doing this right now? I look forward to your answer.

  • Hi
    I’m a costume designer, looking for color changing fabrics. Your product sounds extremely magical and theatrical! I was wondering if I could order some sample or get more info.
    I’m looking forward for your reply. Please reach me at the mail mentioned.
    thank you

  • Hello,
    I am a student researcher at Washington University in St. Louis in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. We are working on a Materials Research Lab and I would love to get a sample of this fabric. Please contact me with more information. Thank you!


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