Philippines based textile institute recently demonstrated their success of Natural Dyes Research and Development program. Department of Science and Technology of Philippines Textile Research Institute arranged a virtual presser with the theme ‘Capturing Colors: Philippine Natural Dyes’.
It was part of their promotion of Philippine Natural Dyes with sharing R&D accomplishments and its impact and highlighting opportunities and forwarding plans for the Philippine natural dyes industry.
The arrangement was participated by the natural dyes stakeholders from the academe, industry, communities, enterprises, government, and non-government organizations and the media.
It highlighted how PTRI’s natural dye technologies impacted the community-based enterprises, and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). PTRI provided training and establishment facilities to the local weavers of some parts of the Philippines like Aklan.
The pineapple fabric producers achieved success by developing new product designs, generating extra-economic opportunities for the related markets. It increased income for the handloom weavers and the enterprises.
Another highlight was the DOST-PTRI Nat dyes center. It is located inside PTRI and is in service as the core facility for natural dyes and color innovation in the Philippines. The center aims to provide a continuous wave of dye and coloration technology all over the country by conducting a screening of new possible dye sources and giving support and technical assistance to local weavers.
Natural dye is in high demand in textile industries nowadays as its synthetic counterpart is convicted for environmental damage, health hazard and non-renewable and non-sustainable properties.