What is Pigments

What is Pigments?

Pigments are such colorants which composed of particles that are insoluble in the application medium. They have no substantivity for the material since the particles are too large to penetrate into the substrate. They are generally present on the surface of the substrate. That’s why pigments are made fixed with an adhesive to the surface so that they are not being removed easily.

What is pigments

Pigment Dyed Fabric

A pigment is a material that changes the color of reflected or transmitted light as the result of wavelength-selective absorption. This physical process differs from fluorescence, phosphorescence, and other forms of luminescence, in which a material emits light.

Required Properties of pigments

  1. Pigments should be opaque in such a way that they may have good covering power.
  2. Pigments should be chemically insert so that after use remain stable and get long life.
  3. They should have the properly to freely mix.

General Classification of Pigments

Natural or mineral pigments:

These are pigments such as

  • Iron
  • Ores
  • Clays
  • Chalk etc.

Chemical or synthetic pigments:

These mainly include

  • Zinc oxide
  • White lead
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Larger number of inorganic and organic colors

Reactive pigments:

Some pigments on account of their chemical character react with oil, fatty acid and soaps, e.g

  • Zinc oxide
  • Red lead

Inert pigment: As for example titanium dioxide

 Classification of Pigments as textile use

Pigments are used in textile may be broadly classify as

  1. Azoic pigments
  2. Vat pigments
  3. Miscellaneous pigments

Of all the Azoic pigments are occurring major places in pigments.

 Advantages of pigment dyeing and printing

  • No wet treatment so it is so simple to do dry and curing
  • It is applicable to all fibres
  • Extensive color range with high light fastness

 Disadvantages of pigment dyeing and printing

  • It has adverse effect due to binders
  • Chemical and physical properties of binders influence in dyeing and printing
  • Using of solvent like kerosene, Spirit etc. produce problem of flammability, pollution etc.
  • It covers high cost.


Engineer Sheikh Nurja

B.Sc engineer of textile

Merchandiser at buying house

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