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and the sustainable practices that
consumers prioritize.
Enter responsive textiles. These are
textiles (or sometimes textile coatings)
that interact with their environment by
responding to it. The response is either
a noticeable change in the material
itself (for example, shape-changing)
or a physiological reaction in the
wearer (for example, increased local
circulation and cellular oxygenation).
To put it in layperson's terms, rather
than clothes you do something in, these
are clothes that do something for you.
A storm of factors-the evolution
of athleisure, the reemergence of
performance-driven workout gear,
and the disruption of the pandemic

on our routines-has opened up an
opportunity for responsive textile
design. Responsive textiles bridge
these two popular categories to offer
something comfortable and stylish-
but with the added power of technical
performance characteristics.
The category is still emerging,
and a large part of getting responsive
textile design out into the mainstream
is educating the consumer on its value.
The concept of a smart textile fits into
many categories beyond apparel-
crossing over from performance
to science to wellness to fashion and
back again. The magic of a responsive
textile is that it can be all of these
things at once.

A storm of factors-the
evolution of athleisure,
the reemergence of
performance-driven
workout gear, and
the disruption of the
pandemic on our
routines-has opened
up an opportunity for
responsive textile design.

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