Abstract

The Tencel and Tencel-Viscose fabrics was dyed with the selected Eupatorium natural dye with different types of mordants and analysed for its mechanical property and antimicrobial activity present which exhibited good results. The antimicrobial activity in the eupatorium dyed Tencel and Tencel-Viscose fabrics are found to control micro-organisms and deterioration in textile material. Effective levels such as this technology have sustained textile for future.


Introduction


Environmental issues are becoming more crucial all over the world. Natural dyes, due to their ecofriendly nature serve a superior value to textile material and apparel, because of their bio-degradable nature which are safe to flora, fauna, ecology and to our skin. The application of natural dyes on the cellulosic fibers of tencel and viscose are technical activities to bring researches more sensory and provokable. Eupatorium known as Nilgiri Kohzla which belong to the Family - Asteraceae , the stems are about 50cm tall, pubescent, herbaceous, typically single, forming colonies with creeping rhizomes, green to red. The flowering of the plant is between July - October. The habitat of the plant is moist ground, low woods, stream banks, ditches, base of bluffs. The main origin of the plant is U.S. This little species can be found mainly in the southern half of Missouri but it also occurs in a few countries such as India, China, Sri Lanka etc.


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The authors are associated with Department of Costume Design and Fashion, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore.