Journal of Textile Science & Engineering

ISSN: 2165-8064

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Eco-friendly Antibacterial Printing of Wool Using Natural Dyes


Teli MD, Javed Sheikh and Pragati Shastrakar

Natural dyes which are known to possess antibacterial properties can be safely used for the purpose of antibacterial finishing of natural fibres like wool. Chitosan is a functional biopolymer which can be utilized for various applications in textiles. In the present work bio-waste chitosan was utilized as a mordant in the printing of wool fabric with natural dyes making it eco-friendly. The efficacy of natural mordant chitosan was studied in comparison with alum as a standard mordant. Both the mordants gave prints of similar color values. The printed fabric showed excellent antibacterial properties against both S. aureus and E. coli. This method hence can be suitable for ecofriendly printing and antibacterial finishing of wool fabrics.


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