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Exploring the Potential of Banana SAP as Dye for the Adinkra Industry in Ghana

BM Dzomeku, OK Boateng

Abstract


A study was carried out to explore the potential of banana sap as a dye for the Adinkra industry in Ghana. Pseudostem extract of banana and stem bark extract of Bridelia micratha were compared as dyeing stuff. A consumer preference study was also conducted to assess the acceptability of the products developed. The results revealed that a combination of banana sap and B. micratha dye ensures a high levelness on fabrics. It also showed that banana sap could serve as a good mordant. The result on consumer acceptability showed that product from 50% by volume of banana sap and 50% of B. micratha recorded a good acceptance by manufacturers. The colour of the cloth which was deep brown colour was also preferred by many people as a peculiar product used by royals. The results showed that dyes with no or little of B. micratha dye inclusion showed no sign of solidi-fication. It could be concluded that equal volumes of banana sap and B. micratha dye could be used for the Adinkra industry as an alternative for the sole B. micratha dye that requires a mor-dant. This would reduce the cost of buying and using synthetic dyes. Further study should be con-ducted to explore the potential of other banana and plantain saps as a dyeing agent for the Ad-inkra industry in Ghana.



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