Biotechnology for textile coloration and surface pattern
Enzymes (bio-catalysts) were used as innovative biotechnology-based textile design tools for textile coloration and surface patterning. Conventional textile coloration methods and techniques employed to create surface patterning through dyeing and printing systems are known to have a negative impact on the environment due to their resource intensive production processes.
The use of enzymes offers an attractive alternative, with potential economic and environmental benefits. Research presented demonstrates the ability of two specific enzymes, laccase and protease, as creative tools to achieve, through controlled application, innovative coloration or decorative surface effects on textiles.
The results obtained from this study clearly demonstrate important advantages over conventional processing methods, for instance the use of simpler and milder operating conditions that eliminate additional chemical use and reduce energy consumption.
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