A STUDY ON THE EFFECT OF COTTON FABRIC FINISHED WITH “AEGLE MARMELOS” HERB

M Sumithra, P Nandhini Devi

Abstract


In the present scenario, environmental consciousness has made people to think about using more eco-friendly products in textile field. Herb extract demonstrating anti-bacterial properties may provide protection on textile applications. The 100% cotton fabric was selected for the study. The objective of the study is to finish the cotton fabric using the herb “Aegle Marmelos (Bael leaves)” and evaluate the anti-bacterial activity against the growth of gram negative and gram positive organisms like Escherichia coli (E.coli) and Staphylococcus Aureus (S.aureus). Selected herb was extracted using methanol as a solvent and it’s made into nanocapsules by high pressure, temperature etc. The nanoencapsulated extract was applied onto the fabric dip-dry method and pad-dry-cure method. It’s been then evaluated for anti-bacterial activity; the herb shows good result of activity on pad-dry-cure method than dip-dry method. It may be due to herbs inhibited in the fabric.


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