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Optimized Dyeing of Cotton with semi-synthetic Embelin Ninhydrin Dye Obtained by Chemical Modification of Embelin from Embelia Schimperi

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posted on 05.08.2022, 17:01 authored by Margaret C. Koske, Ambrose K. Kiprop, Sarah C. Chepkwony, Isaac O. K’Owino

Chemical modification is a promising path to address the limitations of a natural dye, such as limited shades and inadequate fastness properties. This study investigated the modification of embelin (2, 5-dihydroxy-3-undecyl-1, 4-benzoquinone) a plant-based benzoquinone compound from Embelia schimperi (Myrisinaceae family) with ninhydrin to get a semi-synthetic dye. The modified dye was applied to cotton fabric along with mordants to provide different shades. Optimum dyeing conditions were determined using Central Composite Design which showed optimum conditions of pH at 9, time of 60 min and temp of 80°C. The color fastness ratings were in the range of 4–5 evaluated on the Gray scale.


This work was supported by the World Bank and the Inter University Council of East Africa through the Africa Center of Excellence II in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable Energy (ACE II PTRE) at Moi University, Kenya [IDA Credit no-5798-KE].