Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Kenyan Prof innovates local dye for textile industry
Kenyan Prof innovates local dye for textile industry
03
May '12
Professor RK Mibey, Vice Chancellor of Moi University, and his team have invented tamidye, which is expected to boost the ailing Kenyan textile industry.

Tamidye, made from “Stinking Roger” (Tagetes minuta) plant, was studied for three years for its chemical qualities and is now used in printing African shirts.

The research carried out by Prof. Mibey was funded by National Council for Science and Technology, and the Kenyan Government is expecting the innovation to improve the country's global prominence.

Briefing about the plant from which the dye has been invented, Prof. Mibey told fibre2fashion, “T minuta, also known as Stinking Roger, grows throughout Kenya and especially in fields cultivated with maize during the long main seasons. This plant is a prolific seed producer (more than 29,000 seeds per plant) that aggressively colonizes growth media such as soil.”

The dye invented from Tagetes minuta is organic, hence environment-friendly. The advocacy for its use is in line with goal number seven of the Millennium Development Goals.

To actualize the innovation, Moi University acquired Rift Valley Textiles Limited in October, 2007 after it had collapsed for ten years. “The facility heavily depends on the availability of dyes for production, which are not locally available and imported from countries such as India and South Africa. However, considering the high demand for dye by other countries, prompt supplies have not been easy,” informs Prof. Mibey.

Explaining the likely benefits to Kenya because of the new innovation, he says, “The production of dye locally will make it more readily available and at a lower cost. It will boost the ailing Kenyan textile industry and at the same time bring income to the Government through exportation of the product as well as creating employment opportunities.”

Making a mention of African shirts on which the dye has been used for printing, he says, “The African shirts that we prepare in Rivatex East Africa are of original creation. These prints promote diverse cultures of African heritage. We print pictures of animals that are found in the region as a way of promoting tourism as well.”

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Indian textile & apparel exports fall 13% in Jan 2018

Textiles | On 17th Feb 2018

Indian textile & apparel exports fall 13% in Jan 2018

A decline of 13 per cent year-on-year has been observed in the...

Brazilian cotton prices move up in first fortnight

Textiles | On 17th Feb 2018

Brazilian cotton prices move up in first fortnight

Cotton prices rose in Brazil in the first fortnight of February, as...

Courtesy: OrganoClick

Textiles | On 17th Feb 2018

OrganoClick introduces OrganoTex for water repellency

OrganoClick has introduced OrganoTex, a textile impregnation product...

Interviews View All

Karel Williams
Dow Microbial Control

'Silvadur is most rapidly adopted in areas where hygiene-conscious and...

Top executives
Textile & apparel bodies

The decision to reduce GST on MMF yarn to 12% is transformational

Manfred Mentges
Sedo Treepoint GmbH

We see a higher demand in colour management systems, as customers see big...

Liz Manning

<div><b>Liz Manning</b>, Business Development Manager at Catexel, has...

C Dhandayuthapani

MAG Solvics Private Limited was established in 1991 to design and develop...

Harsh Shah

Fynd is the central online shopping destination for fashion, offering...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

February 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
70.0%
No
13.0%
Skip
17.0%

Total Votes: 100

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.0%
No
30.0%
Skip
7.0%

Total Votes: 100

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
88.0%
No
9.0%
Skip
3.0%

Total Votes: 100

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
83.0%
No
8.0%
Skip
9.0%

Total Votes: 100


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search