Pantone Color Systems – For Textiles

IF YOU WORK IN FASHION, TEXTILES AND SOFT GOODS, YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE!


PANTONE IS A GLOBAL LEADER IN COLOR STANDARDS FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Our Fashion, Home + Interiors (FHI) color system centers on the Pantone Swatch Card. In fact, swatch cards are the standard referenced by every other FHI product. Made on double-layered fabric to the most exacting color specifications in the industry, the Pantone Swatch Card has been formulated for color fastness and color constancy. All FHI Swatch Cards are supported by digital spectral data, so you can be confident your final product will match your vision. Swatch cards are available for all our Cotton, Nylon, and Polyester colors. Each material has unique properties, and therefore a uniquely achievable range of colors.

THE PANTONE FHI SYSTEM NOW INCLUDES 3,049 TOTAL COLORS, BROKEN OUT IN THE FOLLOWING WAY:

DIGITAL SOLUTIONS FOR TEXTILES

YOUR PANTONE COLORS, EVERYWHERE.

Pantone Connect is a digital platform providing designers, producers, and brand managers exclusive access to over 15,000 Pantone Colors – every Pantone Color in every Pantone Library! Packed with helpful tools to build, share, and save smart palettes, Pantone Connect inspires creativity and ensures consistency and accuracy in branding, fashion, and product design. Most importantly, it’s now the only way to bring all your market-relevant, in-demand Pantone Colors into your design workflow for use in your Adobe® design programs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1: HOW DO YOU SELECT THE COLORS FOR THE FHI SYSTEM? 
In today’s complex and challenging marketplace, color is often that catalyst that sparks the sale, defines the space, and creates the mood. We select colors for the FHI system based on three important and distinct criteria. First, our global team of color trend forecasters look at the movement of color trends to ensure your palettes are fresh, modern, and relevant. Of course, we also understand the importance of core colors and the integral role they play in building your seasonal color stories. Therefore, we look at the color needs of the industries we serve and those we would like to better impact to ensure a comprehensive set of core and trend shades. Lastly, we only select colors that are easily achievable and reproducible, for greater usability and efficiency.
2: WHAT DO THE NUMBERS MEAN?
The first pair (16) refers to the lightness or darkness of the color.The second pair (15) specifies the hue – yellow, red, blue, green.The third pair of numbers (46) describes the chroma level of the color.Using the six-digit PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors Color Number, any color can be selected and communicated anywhere in the world.
3: HOW ARE PANTONE TEXTILES PRODUCED? 
Each of the colors contained in the FHI system uses dyestuffs that are globally available, approved, and optimized for color constancy and colorfastness. Our FHI textile system endures a five-step quality process to ensure the accuracy of the color at every stage of production and packing.
4: HOW ARE PANTONE TEXTILES MEASURED? 
Instrument SettingsInstrument: X-Rite i7860 SpectrophotometerR/T Mode: ReflectanceSpecular: IncludedUV Filter Position: UV Excluded (Exception: 11-0601 TCX and 11-4001 TCX are UV Calibrated)Aperture: LAVNumber of Measurements: 2 averaged. (One on grain/ One cross-grain)Primary Light Source: D-65Secondary Light Source: F02-10 (CWF)Rapid condition for 15 minutes prior to measurement – Measurement taken within 10 seconds after removal from chamber.Conditioning Chamber SettingsTemperature: 21CHumidity: 50%Light source: D-65Visual Assessment for Color and Fabric QualityPantone Light BoothX-Rite SpectralightNylon & Polyester:Instrument SettingsInstrument: X-Rite i7860 SpectrophotometerR/T Mode: ReflectanceSpecular: IncludedUV Filter Position: UV calibratedAperture: LAVNumber of Measurements: 2 averaged. (One on grain/ One cross-grain)Primary Light Source: D-65Secondary Light Source: F02-10 (CWF)Rapid condition for 15 minutes prior to measurement – Measurement taken within 10 seconds after removal from chamber.Conditioning Chamber SettingsTemperature: 21CHumidity: 50%Light source: D-65Visual Assessment for Color and Fabric QualityReview your swatch at a 10° angleMake sure your light booth has the proper Munsell N5 or N7 interior color coatingNever evaluate color with other visual influences in your light booth aside from what you are reviewing
5:WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SWATCH CARD AND OTHER FHI PRODUCTS? 
All of the colors contained in our FHI products are color references. The Pantone Swatch Card is the definitive color standard, produced within a 0.5 Delta E tolerance to ensure color consistency. The swatch card is double-layered and un-backed on a non-optically brightened paper card then housed in a sealed, protected pouch to protect the fabric from light and humidity. Only with the Swatch Card can you ensure that your internal teams and production partners understand exact color intent.
6: CAN THE COLOR GUIDE (TPG) BE USED FOR TEXTILE APPLICATIONS?
To ensure the closest visual match, we recommend using the material format that is closest to your end use application. We recommend our textile cotton products (TCX) for all fabric applications. Because each material takes color differently, the same color in cotton, plastic, and on lacquered paper can vary slightly.
7: HOW DOES THE NAMING CONVENTION WORK FOR FHI COLORS? 
Each FHI system color has a unique name and number, such as in 15-1247 Tangerine. That color is differentiated across materials through a unique suffix. For lacquered coatings, the color would be noted as 15-1247 TPG Tangerine. For cotton, it would be noted as 15-1247 TCX Tangerine. In addition, for plastics, it would be noted as PQ 15-1247 TCX Tangerine.
8: WHY SHOULD YOU UPDATE YOUR PANTONE GUIDES & BOOKS?
Handling, light, humidity, and oil will cause colors to become inaccurate and you could be missing the latest market and trend driven colors. How many colors are you missing?
9: WHICH TEXTILE PRODUCT IS RIGHT FOR ME?