Bacterial Secondary Metabolites as Biopigments for Textile Dyeing Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2022

start page

  • 252

end page

  • 264


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0049-3570


  • In the past two decades, a growing body of research regarding the utilization of natural
    bacterial pigments or dyes for textile dyeing has emerged. Bacterial pigments are bacterial secondary
    metabolites that usually have bright colors and some special properties (e.g., antimicrobial, antioxidative,
    UV protective etc.). In addition to their high production yield, these special properties led
    scientists to research and develop methods for utilizing bacterial pigments in textile dyeing. This
    study presents the current state this field of research, with a focus on the dyeing potential of bacterial
    pigments for different types of textile material. The potential future directions of research in this
    area are also highlighted. In addition to the durable dyeing of textiles, bacterial pigments with
    special properties, such as antimicrobial activity, can add multifunctionality to dyed materials, thus
    increasing the value of the final product. This emerging field of research will also have a great impact
    on sustainability and the environment, contributing to the decreased usage of synthetic dyes in the
    textile industry.


  • microbial pigments; bacterial pigments; textile; fibers; dyeing