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Effect of light and washing on natural yellow dye extracted from turmeric

Author Affiliations

  • 1Amity School of Fashion Technology, Amity University, Rajasthan, India

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 6, Issue (2), Pages 1-8, September,27 (2018)


Turmeric rhizomes were used as source for pure vegetable dye for yellow colour. In conventional dyeing procedure, where dyeing is done post extraction from the source, the turmeric dye needs mordants to improve the hue and get fixed on substrate. The yellow colour of turmeric turns in to grayish yellow with the normal conventional method of dyeing. The study was aimed at achieving a pure natural yellow colour from turmeric rhizomes without use of any mordants with good fastness properties. Australian merino wool was used for the present study. A suitable procedure was optimized for wool through a series of experiments to achieve the desired yellow hue. Colourimetric analysis of dye was performed at 380 nm. A number of shades were developed with good to excellent washing fastness, through variations in dyeing conditions only. The final range of shades was tested for colour fastness to light and washing as per ISO standards. These tests were done at the Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi. Dyed samples showed good to excellent washing fastness.


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