Reactive dye

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A synthetic dye that reacts with the fiber to form a covalent bond. Reactive dyes were first discovered in 1954 by Rattee and Stephens at ICI. They were marketed as Procion dyes in 1956. Fiber reactive dyes have bright colors that are both lightfast and washfast. They are most commonly used on fiber cellulose fibers but also react with the hydroxyl or amino groups found in wool, silk, fiber nylon, fiber acrylic, and fiber acetate fibers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

fiber reactive dyes; fiber-reactive dyes; fibre-reactive dyes (Br.); colorante reactivo (Esp.); corante reactivo (Port.)

Examples include: Procion [ICI]; Cibacron [Ciba-Geigy]; Drimarene

Other Properties

Soluble in water.


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