Original Research Article

Year: 2015 | Month: 10 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 10 | Pages: 601-606

Dye for the Future: Natural Dye from Morinda Lucida Plant for Cotton and Silk Fabrics

Loum Janani

Department of Textile and Ginning Engineering, Busitema University, PO Box 236, Tororo, Uganda.

ABSTRACT

Various methods of application of selected eco-friendly mordants were studied. Alum and ferrous sulphate were the mordants selected. Each mordanting method was evaluated against the color strength and fastness. On cotton fabrics, post mordanting exhibited very good (4) to excellent fastness (5) wash fastness, and very good light fastness (6) with both mordants. Silk fabrics registered very good (4) to excellent (5), and very (6) good light fastness with simultaneous mordanting for both mordants used. The optimum contact time recorded for cotton with both mordants on the basis of color strength and fastness is 50 minutes.

Keywords: mordants, mordanting, fastness, color strength.

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