Peacock feathers inspire new variety of non-polluting fabric dyes

Peacock feathers inspire new variety of non-polluting fabric dyes

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2017-02-06 11:45 Bengaluru: The beauty of peacocks, with their dazzling multi-coloured feathers, has always provided inspiration to poets and artists in their creative work.Now, peacock feathers have inspired a team of Chinese scientists to develop a new way to colour fabrics without the use of traditional dyes that enter streams and rivers, causing environmental pollution. An added advantage: these colours don't fade easily.The non-polluting greener method to colour textiles using "3-dimensional colloidal crystals" has been described by Bingtao Tang and colleagues at China's Dalian University of Technology in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal Applied Materials