The Development of an Herb-Infused Bag that Regenerates Aromatherapy Textiles

By Andre West and Katherine Annett-Hitchcock.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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Published Online: April 5, 2016 $US5.00

In this paper we describe the invention and development of an herb-infused bag that regenerates aromatherapy garments via a conventional clothes dryer. The bag also serves as the garment’s packaging and storage system. The garment is infused with essential oils such as lavender and chamomile, which have long been linked to benefits related to health and well-being. When the garment is placed in the package and cycled in a domestic clothes dryer after the garment has been washed, the bag re-infuses the garment with herb-based extracts and oils. This treatment is consumer-friendly as it can be handled in the standard domestic laundry process and maintains the effectiveness of the aromatherapy throughout the life of the garment. The scented garment can be stored and preserved in the bag until use. The bag itself prevents the aroma from escaping and permeating any textiles stored nearby. The system consists of the garment, the bag with an inner delivery pocket, and an oil spritzer.

Keywords: Design, Health, Niche Markets, Textiles

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 10, Issue 2, June, 2016, pp.17-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: April 5, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 806.369KB)).

Dr. Andre West

Assistant Professor, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Dr. Katherine Annett-Hitchcock

Associate Professor, Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA