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Journal of Textiles
Volume 2014, Article ID 593782, 7 pages
Research Article

A Study on Coloring Properties of Rheum emodi on Jute Union Fabrics

Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, Bhubaneswar 751003, India

Received 28 September 2013; Revised 4 December 2013; Accepted 26 December 2013; Published 11 February 2014

Academic Editor: Anindya Ghosh

Copyright © 2014 Lopamudra Nayak. 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.


Jute-cotton and jute-wool union fabrics have been printed with colorant extracted from Rheum emodi with guar gum and albumin as thickening agents and aluminium sulphate, copper sulphate, and ferrous sulphate as mordants. Printing with Rheum emodi colorant with different mordants resulted in different shades ranging from yellowish brown, deep brown, reddish brown, and gray shades to olive black. The K/S value showed that mordants, namely, CuSO4 and FeSO4, exhibited high colour absorption regardless of the nature of material used. All the printed samples have good to excellent wash, rubbing and light fastness properties regardless of the nature of materials, mordants, and thickeners used. Guar gum is closely at par with albumin as a thickening agent and considering the cost and availability of raw material, guar gum is the better choice for the textile industry.