Fibers and Polymers

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 658–665 | Cite as

Application of silver nanoparticles as an antibacterial mordant in wool natural dyeing: Synthesis, antibacterial activity, and color characteristics

  • Hossein Barani
  • Majid Nasiri Boroumand
  • Saeedeh Rafiei


Madder is a natural colorant which is commonly applied with metal salts as a mordant to improve its affinity to fibers and color fastness. Madder produces an insoluble complex or lake in the presence of metal ions on mordanted fabric. In this study, wool fabric was pretreated with AgNPs (silver nanoparticles) as a mordant, then dyed with madder. The wool fabric samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their colorimetric characteristics were evaluated. The formation of spherical silver nanoparticle was confirmed using UV-Visible spectroscopy, SEM images, and elemental analysis. The average size of synthesized silver nanoparticles on the surface of wool fibers is around 73 nm. The dyed wool samples were pretreated with different concentration of Ag+ ions or AgNPs, which showed higher color strength value compared to untreated dyed wool fabric. This pretreatment also presented good antibacterial activity.


Natural dye Extract solution Alizarin AgNPs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hossein Barani
    • 1
  • Majid Nasiri Boroumand
    • 2
  • Saeedeh Rafiei
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Carpet, Faculty of ArtUniversity of BirjandBirjandIran
  2. 2.Department of CarpetShahid Bahonar University of KermanKermanIran
  3. 3.Department of Textile EngineeringUniversity of GuilanRashtIran

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