With the growing concern of the environmental impact generated from the fashion and textile industry, there is a shift from using synthetic dyes to natural dyes. However, natural dyes have poor colour affinities with fibres and fabrics. Mordants with harmful and heavy metal and industrial salt is required to fix the colour. This project develops a mordant-free and salt-free approach for effective natural coloration.
Established in 2006, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) is funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR government, and hosted by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
HKRITA has achieved research deliverables over the years around our research clusters targeting in sustainability, industry advancement and social benefits through our centre-owned research teams and laboratories as well as collaborations with industry partners and institutions.