Volume No. 10 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 121-123 July-September 2015




Sharan Madhu,* Yadav Rajni and Gohil Megha

Department of Clothing and Textiles, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat (INDIA)


Received on : March 10, 2015




The instinct of being different in human being has led to many inventions and textile is one of them. Decoration of the textile was in vogue from the earliest times. It started with the natural materials available around and went to the extent of man-made synthesized material. The demerits of synthetics have forced people to go back to naturals. Research for natural colouring agents is one of them. But following are the constrains of the natural dyes fewer colour palette, wastage of otherwise highly commercial product, cost and bulk supply. These lead to search for the newer source of dyes which is otherwise eco-friendly. Coconut is consumed in large quantity in different ways. In India considerable quantity is used as offering in prayers. There is lot of waste after consuming edible portion from coconut. Keeping in mind the reuse aspect of eco-friendly for the present study coconut (left over after consuming edible portion) calyx was explored for extraction of colour. Dyed samples which were subjected for analysis in terms of K/S and CIE L*a*b* values and fastness properties gave good results.


Keywords : Natural dyeing, Coconut calyx, Alum, Textile, Eco-friendly