The textural properties discussed include surface softness and bulk softness in tissues and towelling, handle in printing and writing papers and drape in non-wovens. These properties are discussed in terms of individual measurable factors and complexities are shown. Inadequacies of objective test methods are described and the necessity for subjective judgment noted. A brief account is given of psycho-physics in the field of tactile perception and examples are given of its basis and application in subjective testing. Tactile perception is shown to provide a high degree of accuracy and precision.