A comparative study of application of ecofriendly natural dye on silk and cotton obtained from the flower of Opuntia Ficus-Indica

Document Type : Primary Research paper

Authors

1 Professor, Department of Chemistry,Arasu Engineering College, Kumbakonam

2 Department of Science & Humanities, Nehru Institute of Technology, Coimbatore

3 Department of Science & Humanities, Nehru Institute of Engineering & Technology, Coimbatore

Abstract

This paper explains to extract the eco-friendly natural dye obtained from the flower of Opuntia Ficus-
Indica and apply on silk and cotton fabric using combination of mordants. The fastness properties of the
flower of Opuntia Ficus-Indica dyed silk and cotton fabric have been studied using different
combination (1:3, 1:1 and 3:1) of various mordants. The wash, rub, light and perspiration fastness of the
dyed samples have been evaluated. It is found that flower of Opuntia Ficus-Indica dye can be
successfully used for the dyeing of silk and cotton to obtain a wide range colours.

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