About Textiles and Clothing

The UC Davis Division of Textiles and Clothing is the only one of its kind in the UC system. The division offers the only textiles, fibers and biobased materials programs (M.S. in Textiles, and Ph.D. related to either chemistry or engineering aspects of fibers and polymers) in the UC system. The unique strength of our program derives from disciplinary expertise in areas ranging from fiber chemistry, polymer science and textile engineering to consumer psychology and cultural studies as well as its interdisciplinary perspective on commodity-relevant issues. Our graduates have contributed to many sectors of California’s fiber/textile/apparel industry, the nation’s second largest, including research on many related advanced materials in the public and private organizations as well as education and research at the universities in the U.S. and internationally.

Academic Mission

Our academic mission is to develop, integrate and disseminate knowledge in the physical and social science aspects of sustainable production and consumption of fibrous and biobased materials and products. Our disciplinary leadership lies not only in the fundamental physical and social sciences, but also in their integration, enabling us to address basic questions and, at the same time, complex issues related to fibrous materials for human protection and public health as well as environmental sustainability. Our research and educational programs in their focus on fibrous materials are unique to the U.C. system and make significant contributions to California's competitive position in fibrous materials and biobased products. Our AES projects address material and consumer issues such as human safety, comfort, and the role of cultural diversity in consumer decision making while providing the critical knowledge base to occupational groups such as firefighters, first responders, emergency personnel and the military. We actively seek collaborations with colleagues on and off campus and outreach to private and public organizations in the state and nationally as well as internationally.