A 3-day training on fiber dyeing and bleaching techniques was recently held for Yanah Crafts Global Trading, a local crafts business based in San Ramon, Malinao, Aklan.

Yanah Crafts Global Trading produces various handwoven Abaca-based and Raffia-based products. Along with the rising demand for their products are problems encountered in the process of dyeing and bleaching the fabrics.

With this, Mr. Niño Asayas, owner of Yanah Crafts, reached out to the DOST Aklan for technical assistance particularly to upgrade their dyeing and bleaching process and to get a list of suitable chemicals to be used for the process.

The training was led by DOST-accredited trainer and former DOST Aklan Provincial Director, Mr. Jairus M. Lachica with assistance from DOST Aklan staff, Ms. Arian R. Silvestre.

During the 3-day training, Mr. Lachica lectures about the textile manufacturing process, pretreatment processes, types of synthetic dyes, and the process of dyeing. Hands-on demonstrations of the pretreatment process or the process of scouring of fibers prior to bleaching, measuring the chemicals, and the actual application of the dyes to the fabrics were also conducted.

The training on fiber dyeing and bleaching is one of the many technology training offerings of DOST. For more information, contact the concerned DOST VI Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) through these channels: https://old-website.dost6.ph/contact-us/.