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Journal of Textiles
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 214706, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/214706
Research Article

Colour Fading of Textile Fabric by Plasma Treatment

Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon 852, Hong Kong

Received 13 November 2012; Accepted 11 December 2012

Academic Editor: Phillip W. Gibson

Copyright © 2013 H. F. Cheung et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Colour fading of a reactive dye (C.I. Reactive Blue 19) dyed textile fabric was performed by atmospheric pressure plasma (APP) treatment with the use of plasma jet. Under the APP treatment condition of treatment time = 5 sec/mm; ignition power = 160 W; oxygen concentration = 1%; jet distance = 3 mm, significant colour-fading effect was achieved. For comparison purpose, the reactive dye dyed textile fabric was subjected to conventional enzymatic colour-fading process. Experimental results revealed that the APP-induced colour-fading effect was comparable with conventional enzymatic colour-fading process.