Sustainable mordants for textiles coloration

Alka Thakker, Danmei Sun

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This chapter provides a review of the application of natural colorants on textiles by employing natural mordants. The overview on biomordants for cotton, wool, and polyester fabrics is elaborated. The array of colors derived, plausible bond formations, and evaluation of functional properties occurring due to biomordanting, and subsequent coloration are covered in this. The ecological benefits of biomordants are provided in this chapter. Finally, the chapter concludes by deducting innovative sources of natural mordants from the plants such as black cherry stems, dandelion leaves, mugwort herb, rue herb, soka leaves, banana pseudostem sap, valex, iris, rosemary, and thuja leaves and biomordants from agricultural waste, namely, red grapes, olive oil, and rhubarb roots, tomatoes, and carrot pomace. Also, as black walnut, osage orange, eastern redcedar tree sawmill waste, and several others are explored as sustainable mordants in this chapter. A critical analysis and future scope of research and development are included in it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Dyes and Pigments
EditorsShahid Ul Islam
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780443152122
ISBN (Print)9780443152139
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2023


  • Agro-waste
  • Biomordants
  • Cotton
  • Natural mordants
  • Polyester
  • Wool

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry


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