Research Highlights

Healthy clothes

Subhra Priyadarshini

doi:10.1038/nindia.2007.18 Published online 25 September 2007

Indian researchers have used the technology of microencapsulation to create textiles that can keep diseases at bay1. Using the process, the textile technologists have imparted anti-microbial finish to cotton fabric by lacing it with herbal extracts of neem and Mexican daisy.

"We produced microcapsules using herbal extracts as the core and gum acacia as wall material. These were then applied onto the fabric by printing using a binder," says lead researcher G Thilagavathi.

The uniqueness of microencapsulation is the smallness of coated particles. It provides a means of packaging, separating and storing materials on a microscopic scale for later release under controlled conditions. To enhance the durability of antimicrobial finish to number of washes, the microencapsulation of herbal extracts was done using phase separation and coacervation methods. The fabrics were found to be resistant to microbes even after 15 washes.

The fabric exhibited potential for antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli in clearly

The authors of this work are from: Prin. K. M .Kundnani College of Pharm, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Jote Joy Building, Rambhau Salgaonkar Marg, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, India; Sinhgad Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sector No. 309/310, Kusgaon (Bk) Lonavala, Pune, India measurable terms.

The authors of this work are from: Prin. K. M .Kundnani College of Pharm, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Jote Joy Building, Rambhau Salgaonkar Marg, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, India; Sinhgad Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Sector No. 309/310, Kusgaon (Bk) Lonavala, Pune, India


References

  1. Thilagavathi, G et al. Microencapsulation of herbal extracts for microbial resistance in healthcare textiles. Indian J. Fibre &Text. Res. 32, 355-365