A dye is defined as the colored elements which contain chromophore and auxochrome groups used in the solution, which is capable to fix with the cotton fabrics. It should be fast or stable, so that it will retain color even after washing with soaps, chlorine, chemicals.
It doesn’t fade on exposure to sunlight (Ultraviolet rays), etc. The color fastness depends on the two key factors like fabrics and the method of dyeing the fiber, yarn or fabric.
There are various types of dyes used for textiles are Acid Dyes, Natural Dyes, Basic (Cationic) Dyes, Synthetic Dyes, Direct (substantive) Dyes, Disperse Dyes, Sulfur Dyes, Pigment Dyes, Mordant Dyes, Vat Dyes, Reactive Dyes, Macromolecular Dyes, Metallized Dyes, Naphthol Dyes, Premetallized Dyes, Gel Dyeing, Developed Dyes, Azo Dyes, Aniline Dyes, Anthraquinone Dyes.
Vat Dyed Towels:
Vat dye towels are different from reactive dyes, disperse dyes, basic dyes. It can't be directly applied and required vatting because it is insoluble in water. But a vat dyes fastness property is good among all dyes.
A vat dyes towel color does not be bright as colors in the reactive dye process, but it retains color much longer than reactive dyes. This VAT dye process is more expensive compared to others, but the colors withstand from harsh chemicals and chlorine even after more no of washes. Vat dyes work on Cotton, Wool and also other natural fibers.
Some of the Vat Dyed Towels includes
o Bleach Proof Salon Towels (Hand Towels – 16” x 27”)
o Oxford Imperiale Color Towels
o Oxford Golf Towels
o Oxford Tropical Stripe Pool Towels
o Lounge Cover Towels
o Economy Color Pool Towels
o Oxford Cabana Stripe Pool/Beach Towels (2x2, 4x4)
The dye used in this type of towels is reactive dyes. It will react with the cotton fiber and molecule of dye to form a covalent link, which will form a permanent attachment in the fiber and can’t be removed by washing.
With this process, the towels get bright colors than other dyes. Comparing to other dyes the reactive dyes bind chemical to the cotton fibers, which improve the color brightness. Most of the towels are used in this process and are very affordable. Reactive dyes work on fabrics like Cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, and viscose rayon fabric (silk and wool with an acidic dye bath).
The Reactive Dyed Towels includes
o Salon Color Towels
o Oxford Solid Pool Towels
o Economy, 2x2 Cabana Stripe Assorted Beach/Pool Towels
o Economy 2 x 2 Cabana Multicolor Stripe Beach/Pool Towels
Vat dye and Reactive dye towels are used in Beauty Salon, Nail Salons, Tanning Salons, Golf Courses, Hotels/Motels Pool Areas, etc…