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Natural dyes see positive applications in silk fabrics
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Feb '10
Silk is widely known for its unique luster, tactile properties, durability, and dyeing ability, supported with unusual mechanical properties. Silk has excellent dyeing affinity and is capable of rendering colours in a unique way.

The silk fibre is triangular in section and when several yarns are twisted together, they offer a number of dimensions that reflect light.

Silk also has a good affinity for colours. Currently, natural dyes are making a comeback and are back in demand for various advantages as well as eco-concerns. They have made a comeback, more due to rising consciousness of the consumers.

Dye prepared from Acatia Catechu is mainly used for dyeing silk fabrics. It is made from acacia tree and has a bitter taste.

It is reddish brown in color, with uniform quality and is a powerful astringent. This dye is easily soluble in cold water. This is produced in cottage industries and places where the tree grows in abundance.

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