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    ASTM E2225 - 21

    Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Fabrics and Cordage

    Active Standard ASTM E2225 | Developed by Subcommittee: E30.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 The construction, composition, and color of textiles contain useful comparative characteristics for forensic examinations. Textiles are observed in a variety of constructions: woven, knit, nonwoven, or in combination. The range of colors in which textiles are offered in the marketplace is vast and constantly changing due to styles and seasons.

    5.2 A complete characterization of the fabrics, including their construction, and other materials used in the assemblage of a textile (for example, sewing thread) is a critical component of a comprehensive forensic fabric or cordage examination.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide is intended to assist individuals and laboratories that conduct examinations of fabrics and cordage for the purposes of analyzing and comparing types of fabric, cordage and damage. A complete characterization of the fabrics, including their construction and other materials used in the assemblage of a textile (for example, sewing thread), is a critical component of a comprehensive forensic fabric or cordage examination.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.3 This standard is intended for use by competent forensic science practitioners with the requisite formal education, discipline-specific training (see Practice E2917), and demonstrated proficiency to perform forensic case work

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.5 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    AATCC Standards

    AATCC Test Method 20: Qualitative Test Method 202007 Fiber Analysis: Qualitative

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    E1459 Guide for Physical Evidence Labeling and Related Documentation

    E1492 Practice for Receiving, Documenting, Storing, and Retrieving Evidence in a Forensic Science Laboratory

    E2224 Guide for Forensic Analysis of Fibers by Infrared Spectroscopy

    E2227 Guide for Forensic Examination of Non-Reactive Dyes in Textile Fibers by Thin-Layer Chromatography

    E2228 Guide for Microscopical Examination of Textile Fibers

    E2917 Practice for Forensic Science Practitioner Training, Continuing Education, and Professional Development Programs


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 07.140 (Forensic science); 59.080.30 (Textile fabrics)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/E2225-21

    Citation Format

    ASTM E2225-21, Standard Guide for Forensic Examination of Fabrics and Cordage, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2021, www.astm.org

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