Hand evaluation represent the main qualitative characteristics of fabrics for clothing, including such properties as: smoothness, crispness, stiffness, fullness, softness and THV (Total hand value). Formulations of fabric hand are guaranteed by the Hand Evaluation and Standardization Committee, The Textile Machinery Society of Japan.
Laboratory of KES - FB (Kawabata Evaluation System for Fabrics) is a unique system of devices for testing six basic mechanical properties of textiles (tensile, shear, pure bending, compression, surface friction and roughness). On the basis of these properties, it is possible to determine THV (Total Hand Value) and to make an objective hand evaluation of fabric.
In the laboratory, it is possible to make a subjective hand evaluation and compare it with objective standards.