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Extraction and Application of Eco – Friendly Natural dye obtained from Leaves of Acalypha indica Linn on Cotton Fabric

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, Kings College of Engineering, Punalkulam, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu-613303, INDIA
  • 2Department of Chemistry, A.V.V.M Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu-613503, INDIA
  • 3TV Rheinland Bangladesh Pvt. Ltd., Gulshan-2. Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (12), Pages 1-5, December,22 (2013)


The present investigation was carried out to revive the old art of dyeing with natural dye from leaves of Acalypha indica Linn. It belongs to family Euphorbiaceae, commonly known as kuppaimeni. The dye has good scope in the commercial dyeing of cotton in textile industry. In the present study, bleached cotton fabrics were dyed with different chemical and natural mordants. Dyeing was carried out by pre-mordanting, post mordanting and simultaneous mordanting. The dyed samples have shown good washing, light, rubbing fastness and perspiration fastness properties. The various colour changes were measured by computer colour matching software. ICPMS studies have proved that, heavy metals such as antimony, arsenic, cadmium and lead were not present in the dye extract. Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities of the dye were also studied.


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