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Textile Research

for performance, durability and comfort
Welcome to TASL – the Department of Design and Merchandising’s Textiles and Apparel Science Laboratory at OSU.
TASL houses state-of-the-art technology and lab equipment that is utilized to test and research the physical and chemical properties of textiles, polymer materials and apparel to assess their serviceability. As a teaching and research-based laboratory, TASL investigates various topics from the fundamentals of garment quality to the advanced properties of polymers. The Textiles and Apparel Science Laboratory educates and trains approximately 200 undergraduate and graduate students each academic year.

Our Mission

Enhancing human lives through research and innovation of textile comfort and protection to solve interdisciplinary human challenges.

Our Vision

To conduct research in areas of textile comfort, protection, modeling, and property analysis while educating and training students to become industry professionals.

Essential Research 

to inform textile and apparel design
Designers, manufacturers and consumers rely on accurate information so that the textiles perform as they should, which includes ensuring the fabric can be washed or confirming it has the thermal properties to keep wearers safe. Textile comfort is an essential piece of research when developing new concepts or designs in the field of textiles and apparel.


Dr. Sumit Mandal Principal InvestigatorDesign and
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