Natural Dyes for Sustainable Textiles

Natural Dyes for Sustainable Textiles

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Authors: Padma Vankar, Dhara Shukla
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323852579

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Natural Dyes for Sustainable Textiles describes how manufacturing processes that are safer, more energy efficient, and more sustainable can be achieved through the use of natural dyes.There are three main elements of sustainability, they are: economic, social, and environmental, and natural dyes can make a positive contribution to all three. A number of the textile industry’s largest producers have adopted natural dyes as part of their bid to make their products more sustainable, in response to consumer demand as well as their own consciousness of environmental issues. This unique book draws on the latest research to provide practical technical advice on safer and greener processing of fabric, minimizing the use of hazardous chemical dyes. Details of preparation methods at stages including wet processing, dyeing, and effluent management are provided with specific information on how the methods improve efficiency, as well as other advantages and limitations of each technology.

Key Features

  • Provides case studies of how to switch from synthetic to natural dyes, and what benefits resulted in real life
  • Describes a practical chemical management system, which involves natural dyes
  • Examines use of high-tech methods such as plasma and electron beam in textile surface modification


Textile engineers and research scholars working in textiles, with an interest in textile processing or sustainability

Table of Contents

  • 1. Sustainability and its Significance in Textile Wet Processing
    2. Role of Natural Dyes in Making Sustainable Textiles
    3. Using Chemical Management System(CMS) in Natural Dyeing Process to Make it Sustainable
    4. Room Temperature Natural Dyeing for Energy Conservation
    5. Water Less Natural Dyeing to Make it Sustainable
    6. Use of Newer Technologies in Natural Dyeing- Plasma and Electron Beam
    7. Natural Dyeing on Polymeric Material
    8. Sustainable Processing of Textiles
    9. Effluent Management from Natural Dyeing Unit
    10. Case Study to Exemplify Sustainable Measures Taken
    11. Traditional Block Printing for Sustainability
    12. Sustainability in Natural Dye Printing

Product details

  • No. of pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323852579

About the Authors

Padma Vankar

Padma Shree Vankar is a Research Advisor at Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA), India. She had previously worked as consultant at the Facility for Ecological and Analytical Testing (FEAT), Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Dr. Vankar has been conducting research into textile dyes and colorants for more than 30 years and working in the field of natural dyeing for the past 14 years. She has published 130 peer-reviewed articles and six books and has obtained an Indian patent relating to natural dye. Besides lecturing and guiding PhD students when she was at IIT Kanpur, she delivers training programs to industrial dye technicians and has been involved in the production of three documentaries.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Advisor, Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA), India

Dhara Shukla

Dhara Shukla is a Senior Research Associate at the FEAT Laboratory, IIT Kanpur. Her research is focused on dyeing, with newer Natural dyes, Nanochemistry and its application in textiles and Heavy metal mitigation with fungal and other biotic sources.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Associate, FEAT Laboratory, IIT Kanpur, India

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