What symbols mean


To get the best out of our clothes, and to make sure that they look and feel their best, we need to treat their fabric or fabrics with respect. For this reason you will find ‘care labels’ on almost everything you wear.

My project aims to devise a scheme of symbols which serve to communicate the moods and needs of individuals to each other by visual indicators alone. Although my thoughts are at an early stage I envisage this to be through a wearable item such as necklace, brooch, pin or bracelet.

You may or may not be familiar with these care labels that virtually all manufactured clothes come with. I have to admit that until last week I had two of the basic shapes mixed up, so I thought I’d share a link to the standard symbols.


Care labels as defined by the UK Fashion and Textile Association.

They are owned by Paris-based international organisation GINETEX, which is represented in Britain by the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT).

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