Abstract


Textiles have always played a central role in the evolution of human culture by being at the forefront of both technological and artistic developments. An eco friendly natural antibacterial finish has been prepared from the plant extract for the textile application. Herbal extracts have been applied to cotton and organic cotton fabric by pad, dry cure method. This paper consists of a detailed discussion of the herbal finish with antimicrobial effect on cotton and organic cotton fabrics .The antimicrobial property of fabrics is considered to be more important and inevitable finish for garments, which are in direct contact with human body. The fabrics which are in contact with the human body provide an ideal environment for the microbial growth. In this paper the investigators have compared the effect of Antimicrobial finish applied by conventional and herbal based methods and the best result among the two processes were analyzed and discussed.


Introduction


Cotton is the natural vegetable fiber of great economic importance as a raw material for cloth. Cotton's strength, absorbency, and capacity to be washed and dyed also make it adaptable to a considerable variety of textile products.  Organic Cotton is grown using methods and materials that have low impact on the environment.


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About the Author:


Banupriya J is an M.Phil from the PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu


Dr. V. Maheshwari is a Guide and Associate Professor in Costume Design and Fashion at the PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu.