Effect of steaming conditions on colour and consistency of ink-jet printed cotton using reactive dyes

Yiqi Yang, Vamshi Naarani

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The influence of steaming time, temperature, presence of wrapping paper and the position of the fabric in the steamer have been investigated as factors influencing the colour strength and consistency of ink-jet printed cotton fabrics using reactive dyes. Two commonly used steamers, the high temperature and the atmospheric type, were examined. Differences in shade were attributed to variability in reactive dye fixation and degree of hydrolysis of the dye. Recommended conditions for both types of steamer have been established and guidance is available for textile designers and producers, and for the manufacturers of steamers for this application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
JournalColoration Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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