The study was done on the process development for printing on cotton fabric with terminalia chebula. Extracted natural dye was used for printing with different mordants (copper sulphate, ferrous sulphate, and stannous chloride). In all 4 different shades were developed. Effect of various mordant on shades in terms of colour strength (K/S values) was evaluated. Fastness properties (light, washing, and crocking) were also studied on these samples. There is a need to carry out further research in this field and explore the possible way for its use in other natural fiber viz., jute, silk etc. Natural fabric printed with natural dyes in soft and subdued shades creates a fashion statement. Thus it can be exploited commercially to create opportunities for rural employment.

Keywords: Cotton, Natural dye, Mordant, Printing, Terminalia chebula.

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The authors are associated with Department of Textile Chemistry, Faculty of Technology & Engineering, The M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, India.