Title: Elicitation and acquisition of knowledge related to clothing colour design

Authors: Yan Chen; Hong Lu; Zhi-Ge Chen

Addresses: National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215021, China ' Key Laboratory of Clothing Design and Technology, Ministry of Education, Fashion Institute of Donghua University, Shanghai, 200051, China ' National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, College of Textile and Clothing Engineering, Soochow University, Suzhou, 215021, China

Abstract: Elements of clothing colour design were discussed and analysed in this research. Both colour sample base and colour sensory image base were proposed. Eighty-nine colours with different hue, value and chroma were selected for the colour samples base. The knowledge related to clothing colour design was suggested to two aspects: design knowledge, which includes design rules and theories, and sensory knowledge, which shows the relations between the colour samples and word pairs applied to describe the sensory of the colours. All these knowledge could be elicited and acquired from professional persons by interviewing, card sorting and fuzzy clustering methods etc. During application, the improper colours are deleted from colour sample base first according to the customer's character, the time, place and occasion (TPO) principle, then the remainders could be clustered by using transfer closure based on fuzzy equivalence matrix. An application framework was provided to show the process of knowledge application.

Keywords: knowledge acquisition; colour sensory images; fuzzy clustering; operations management; clothing colour design; clothing industry; garment industry; apparel industry; clothing design; design knowledge; design rules; design theories; sensory knowledge; colour samples; word pairs; fuzzy clustering.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAOM.2013.051324

International Journal of Advanced Operations Management, 2013 Vol.5 No.1, pp.31 - 44

Available online: 05 Jan 2013 *

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