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PTRI’s Nat Dyes as Source of Livelihood

In celebration of the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), Ms. Evangeline Flor P. Manalang of the Philippine Textile and Research Institute (PTRI) presented the process of dyeing handicrafts using natural dyes on July 27, 2016 at Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) Audio Visual Room.

This was part of a weeklong series of livelihood technology fora facilitated by TAPI to showcase various technologies that may be adopted and translated into actual business. The fora also featured presentations on topics such as Nutri Siomai and Squash Fishball from Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI); Urban Farming (Hydroponics and Aquaponics) from Central Luzon State University (CLSU); and Candle Processing and Liquid Detergent Making from Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI).

The forum was well attended by representatives from other government agencies, academe, private companies, cooperatives and entrepreneurs. Participants gained hands-on experience on processes such as mordanting, extraction, dyeing and printing. Natural dyes used to color textiles were extracted from Talisay, Sappan and Mahogany.

Aside from offering trainings, PTRI, as the premier textiles research and development arm of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), also offers dyeing services in semi-mechanized processes, Technology Business Incubation (TBI) for renting production facilities, technology transfer and assistance from technical experts.

TAPI has been assisting PTRI in their mission to push local textile into mainstream fashion. The completed project of PTRI entitled “Development of Neo-Ethnic Philippine Textiles Using Natural Fiber Blended Yarns and Eco-Friendly Treatment and Dyeing Technologies” was funded under the TECHNICOM Program to develop neo-ethnic Philippine textiles using eco-friendly dyeing technologies and materials. (Rocalyn C. Gayagay)