Source: barrier to the attack of various

2.7 Herbal textile technology
inspired by Ayurvastra
 Ayurvastra is a branch of ancient Indian
herbal medicinal repository, Ayurveda, the ancient Vedic health care system
predating more than 5500 years, prescribes the use of Ayurvastra cloth to
cure a number of diseases like diabetes, skin infections, psoriasis, eczema,
hyper tension, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, rheumatism, arthritis
and cardiac problems. It is an ancient technique prevalent before textile
industrialization to dye cloth with herbal dyes, which then acts as a barrier
to the attack of various microorganisms. (Minocheherhomji & soanki, 2015)
 Jain (2010) states that such a fabric is
free from all synthetic toxic chemical substances, and is also fully
eco-friendly and biodegradable. The colors used are obtained from medicinal
plants only leaving no scope for the incorporation of synthetic dyes.
Ayurvastra helps the skin which being the outer covering of the body in its
function to prevent the entry of all foreign toxic substances, which are
lethal to the human body. The herbs incorporated in the fabric release their
medicinal properties onto and into the body thus providing medicinal immunity
against different harmful toxins.  Ayurvastra clothing is made from organic
cellulosic fabric that has been previously treated with Ayurvedic oils and
herbs, which accelerate health and cure various diseases depending on the
blended oils and herbs. These fabrics also have anti-inflammatory properties and
These benefits of Ayurvastra clothing have been due to it helping the human
body in maintaining the balance between various bodily processes.
The minute particles of active chemicals like fragrances,
skin care products, and medicinal items that are embedded in the capsules are
released on the account of body heat when the cloth comes into the contact of
the body. The skin leading to quick beneficial effects readily

Absorbs these products, as
the toxins in the body are either removed or neutralized. All the ingredients
of Ayurvastra are devoid of any synthetic toxic chemicals and are biodegradable.
it protects environment from pollution and damage.

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     The dyeing procedure attempts
to keep medicinal properties intact in the textiles. Dye fixation is accomplished
using natural and harmless products having good medicinal properties. The
process is done in systematic steps to standardize the quality and quantity of
colors, thus achieving better consistency in longer running output from one end
to the other. Innovations in the process has made it possible to dye all
natural fibers such as cotton, jute, linen and silk in both woven and knitted
fabrics. There are two processes for making herbal textile. One is, the yarn is
treated before weaving, or another is, the fabric is dyed after weaving. Herbal
dyes are also directly applied onto textile fibers before weaving and the time
duration of the manufacture of herbal textile may be from three to seven days
depending upon the applications, which the textile is expected to use.