Comparative Study on Dyeing Behaviours of Tasar and Tasar Blended Silk Fabrics

Rahul Ranjan Ghosh *

Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Bengaluru-560068, India.

Y.C Radhalakshmi

Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Bengaluru-560068, India.

S. Periyasamy

Central Silk Technological Research Institute, Bengaluru-560068, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Tasar silk is widely sought after because to its natural beauty, durability, sustainability, and cultural relevance. Despite the long-standing yearning for Tasar textiles in their natural colour, weavers can only manufacture a limited number of different designs and types of the silk.It has become necessary to dye the Tasar fabric a different colour since the younger generation requires 100% Tasar cloths in a range of styles and colour combinations.Some manufacturers are now dyeing Tasar fabrics in smaller quantities, but their processing quality is subpar due to non-compliance with correct procedures for color concentration, time intervals, and warm washing, resulting in uneven dyeing, inconsistent hues, and poor fastness attributes.However, considering the current circumstances, it is essential that the Tasar Silk Industry understands how both pure Tasar fabrics and Tasar-blended fabrics are endowed with the fastness properties of Lanaset, Acid, and Reactive dyes.In this article, a comperative study was carried out to understand the dyeing behaviour of Acid, Lanaset and Reactive dye on Tasar x Tasar fabrics and Tasar x Mulberry fabrics. The fabric samples were prepared accordingly to evaluate the tensile properties, colour fastness to rubbing, perspiration, washing & light and colour strength. According to the findings, reactive dyeing had a larger percentage of strength loss than Lanaset and acid dyeing. Relative to other materials, acid-dyed fabrics required less washing, according to fastness data. However, reactive dyed fabrics did not perform well when it came to perspiration fastness. Lanaset dyed fabrics reacted faster to light than other types due to the presence of metal ions. The studies also showed that materials colored reactively had stronger color retention. This attempt shall provide the blue print for the industry to emulate in the future.

Keywords: Acid dyeing, colour fastness, lanaset dyeing, reactive dyeing, tasar silk fabric

How to Cite

Ghosh, R. R., Radhalakshmi, Y., & Periyasamy, S. (2024). Comparative Study on Dyeing Behaviours of Tasar and Tasar Blended Silk Fabrics. Chemical Science International Journal, 33(3), 109–118.


Download data is not yet available.


Uday C. Javali, Kiran B. Malali HG Ramya, Subhas V Naik, Naveen V Padaki. Studies on tasar cocoon cooking using permeation method. Journal of The Institution of Engineers (India). 2018; 99(E):55-62. Available:

Schroeder WA, Kay LM, Lewis B, Munger N. The amino acid composition of bombyx mori silk fibroin and of tussah silk fibroin. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 1955; 77(14):3908–3913 Available:

Sen KK. Murugesh Babu. Studies on Indian silk. I. Macrocharacterization and analysis of amino acid composition. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 2004; 92(2):1080–1097 Available:

Basu A. Advances in silk science and Technology. UK: Woodhead Publishing Limited. 2015;277.

Arora S, Effect of printing on physical properties of muga silk fabric with reactive and acid dyes. International Journal of Home Science. 2016;2(3):20-23.

Salima Sultana Shimo. Shamima Akter Smriti. Colour Co-Ordinates And Relative Colour Strength Of Reactive Dye Influenced By Fabric Gsm And Dye Concentration. International Journal of Research in Engineering and Technology. 2015;4(2):192-197

Mahale G, Naikwadi S. Effect of acid dyes on colour fastness properties of silk fabric. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2019; 8(10):169-172.

Uzumcu MB, Celik P, Gulumser T, Kadoglu H. A Comparison of Colour Fastness Properties of Mulberry Silk and Tussah Silk Fabrics in Blends with Cellulosic Fibers. Journal of Natural Fibers. 2021;18(11):1834-1843. Available:

Ghosh RR, Radhalakshmi YC, Periyasamy LNS. Optimization of process parameters for wet reeled tasar silk yarn. International Advanced Research Journal in Science, Engineering and Tehnology. 2024;11(1): 93-107. DOI.10.17148/IARJSET.2024.11111

Ghosh RR, Radhalakshmi YC, Periyasamy LNS. Investigation of the fastness properties and colour strength of dry and wet reeled Tasar silk yarns. International Journal of Science and Research Archive. 2024;11(02):1275-1286. Available:

N Chaisomkul, N Suppakarn, W Sutapun. Study of B. Mori Silk fabric and B. Mori Silk Reinforced Epoxy Composite. Advanced Materials Research. 2012;410:329-332. Available:

Ganesan P, Karthik T. Analysis of colour strength, colour fastness and antimicrobial properties of silk fabric dyed with natural dye from red prickly pear fruit. The Journal of The Textile Institute. 2016;108(7):1173-1179. Available:

Gajendra CV, Kumaran K, Uma D. Eucalyptus bark as a novel source for dyeing silk fabric. International Journal of Chemical Studies. 2019;7(3):818-823.

Pinki Gogoi, Rickey Rani Boruah, Momita Konwar, Shradhasmita Dutta, Rubi PranjanaTamuli, Priyanka Borah. Extraction of dye from eucalyptus bark for dyeing of silk using natural mordant. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023;12(9): 2292-2296

Chi-Wai Kan, Y L Lam, M Y Li. The effect of plasma treatment on the dyeing properties of silk fabric. Society of Dyers and Colourists, Colouration Technology. 2015;132:9-16. Available: