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In Table 1, fabrics that were purchased from

Testfabrics, Inc.

P.O. Box 420

Middlesex, N.J. 08846

are listed here with their style numbers: 3. #400 bleached cotton print cloth; 4. #L-61 handkerchief linen; 5. #266 spun viscose rayon challis; 6. #530 worsted wool challis; 7. #981 Spun Creslan acrylic type 31; 9. #361 spun nylon 6,6 Dupont type 200.

Cerex spunbonded nylon by Monsanto

HTC Laboratories

5575 Casgrin Ave.

Montreal, Quebec H2T 1Y1


Tyvek spunbonded polypropylene Type 1422A

Bury Media and Supplies Ltd.

B-5-4255 Arbutus St.

Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 4R1


Reemay spunbonded polyester #2014

Carr McLean Ltd.

461 Horner Ave.

Toronto, Ontario M8W 4X2



NANCY KERR has a B.Sc. in home economics from the University of Guelph, an M.Sc. in clothing and textiles from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in fiber and polymer science from North Carolina State University. She is a professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. Her teaching and research focus on textile science and conservation topics. Current projects include UV transmission through textile materials, degradation and stabilization of historic textiles, and industrial hemp. Address: Department of Human Ecology, 302 Human Ecology Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2N1, Canada

LINDA CAPJACK received her M.Sc. in clothing and textiles from the University of Alberta. She is associate chair and associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include the functional design process and environmental protective clothing, focusing recently on clothing to protect from ultraviolet radiation. She has worked collaboratively with Dr. Nancy Kerr and Dr. Robert Fedosejevs on identifying fabric characteristics that contribute to decreased transmission of UV. Address as for Kerr

ROBERT FEDOSEJEVS received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1973 and 1979. He subsequently was a research associate at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta as associate professor in 1982 and currently holds the position of C. R. James/MPBT/NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in the Application of Laser and Spectroscopic Techniques to the Natural Resources Industry. His research interests include the study of laser-plasma interactions and the application of laser and spectroscopic techniques to the characterization of materials. Address: Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering, 238 Civil/Electrical Engineering Building, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2G7, Canada

Received for review July 25, 1999. Revised manuscript received June 1, 2000. Accepted for publication May 16, 2000.