Table of Contents
Journal of Textiles
Volume 2013, Article ID 565382, 6 pages
Research Article

Zirconium Oxychloride as a Novel Mordant for Natural Dyeing of Wool Yarns

1Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch, Tehran 1981916791, Iran
2Textile Department, Center of Excellence, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Received 23 November 2012; Accepted 15 January 2013

Academic Editor: Joanne Yip

Copyright © 2013 M. Forouharshad 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.


Zirconium oxychloride, a well-known flame retardant, is introduced as a novel mordant for wool dyeing. This has been indicated by mordanting of wool yarns with zirconium oxychloride in different conditions and then dyeing with madder as a famous natural dye. The tenacity, color coordinates, washing, and light fastnesses of the dyed wool confirmed the positive influence of zirconium oxychloride as a useful mordant for wool dyeing with a low impact on the color coordinates. Further, an appropriate washing and light fastness were obtained for the zirconium-oxychloride-mordanted wool yarns. The central composite design (CCD) was used to design the experiments with four variables on the results of tensile strength. Statistical analysis confirmed the optimum conditions obtained through the experimental results.