Dyeing is one of the most effective and popular methods used for colouring textiles and other materials. Dyes are employed in a variety of industries, from cosmetic production to the medical sector. The two volumes of the Handbook of textile and industrial dyeing provide a detailed review of the latest techniques and equipment used in the dyeing industry, as well as examining dyes and their application in a number of different industrial sectors.

Volume 1 deals with the principles of dyeing and techniques used in the dyeing process, and looks at the different types of dyes currently available. Part one begins with a general introduction to dyeing, which is followed by chapters that examine various aspects of the dyeing process, from the pre-treatment of textiles to the machinery employed. Chapters in part two then review the main types of dyes used today, including disperse dyes, acid dyes, fluorescent dyes, and many others for a diverse range of applications.

With its distinguished editor and contributions from some of the world’s leading authorities, the Handbook of textile and industrial dyeing is an essential reference for designers, colour technologists and product developers working in a variety of sectors, and will also be suitable for academic use.

Key Features

  • Examines dyeing and its application in a number of different industrial sectors
  • Deals with the principles of dyeing and techniques used in the dyeing process, as well as types of dyes currently available
  • Chapters review various dye types right through to modelling and predicting dye properties and the chemistry of dyeing


Designers, color technologists and product developers working in a variety of sectors. Also suitable for academic use.

Table of Contents

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Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles

Part I: General aspects of dyeing

Chapter 1: Fundamental principles of dyeing

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Principles of dyeing

1.3 Exhaust dyeing

1.4 Continuous dyeing

1.5 Printing

1.6 Classification systems for dyes

1.7 Classification of dyes by dye class

1.8 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Structure and properties of textile materials


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Classification and properties of textile fibres

2.3 Fibre properties related to textile technology

2.4 Classification and properties of basic textile products

2.5 Physical chemistry of fibre polymers

2.6 Cellulosic fibres

2.7 Protein fibres

2.8 Man-made fibres

Chapter 3: Pre-treatment and preparation of textile materials prior to dyeing


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Impurities in textile fibres

3.3 Aims of preparatory processes

3.4 Preparation of cotton materials

3.5 Inspection and mending

3.6 Shearing and cropping

3.7 Singeing

3.8 Enzymatic processing

3.9 Desizing process

3.10 Scouring of cotton and other cellulosic fibres

3.11 Mercerisation

3.12 Preparation of proteineous materials

3.13 Carbonisation and scouring of wool

3.14 Shrink-resist treatment for wool

3.15 Degumming of silk

3.16 Preparation of synthetic materials

3.17 Bleaching

3.18 Improvement of whiteness

Chapter 4: Chemistry of dyeing


4.1 Fundamental principles of direct dyeing

4.2 Fundamental principles of reactive dyeing

4.3 Fundamental principles of disperse dyeing

4.4 Fundamental principles of acid dyeing

4.5 Fundamental principles of azoic dyeing

4.6 Fundamental principles of vat dyeing<


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About the editor

M Clark

Dr Matthew Clark is a lecturer in the Department of Colour Science at the University of Leeds.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Leeds, UK