On November 19, 2021 a time capsule will be buried at the AATCC Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, NC/USA. The capsule will contain items relevant to the modern global textile industry and be reopened in 50 years. A time capsule buried in 1964 is also being opened this year as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). Objects from the 1964 capsule will be on display along with various historic and contemporary exhibits at the Technical Center.
The new time capsule includes a diverse collection of artifacts contributed by corporate and individual members of AATCC. There are, of course, several cloth face coverings representing the importance of textiles during a global pandemic. A tea towel with a 2021 calendar highlights the art and science of digital textile printing while marking the year of burial. Other objects celebrate both the history and the future of textiles and of the AATCC organization.
The time capsule burial is the culmination of a week of celebration from November 15-19, 2021. Events earlier in the week include AATCC research committee meetings and the Textile Discovery Summit, with technical presentations, networking opportunities, and an awards luncheon.