A user‐friendly colour matching system for tie‐dye/batik producers

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The tie-dye/batik industry in Ghana has not lived to its full potential due to shortcomings that include the narrow range of colours available on the market, which in turn, have resulted in products having similar colour schemes. The methods employed in this project are a result of inspiration drawn from colour matching systems used in various industries. Test dyeing experiments were conducted to generate a scheme for generating different shades out of two colours. This scheme was used to generate 130 different shades out of an initial 9 colours. Spectrophotometer tests that serve to determine the unique characteristics of each colour were conducted and spectral curves generated for each mixture. Additionally, tests of reproducibility were conducted on selected mixtures to determine the extent of success of the scheme adopted for mixing. The colours generated, together with some vital information about the mixture have been documented in a catalogue that every tie-dye/batik producer can use and achieve same results. As the first step in changing the status quo, it has been recommended that this solution be brought to the knowledge of producers of tie-dye/batik through the organization of workshops and re-training programmes by interested governmental and private agencies. This coupled with the availability of the basic elements of the system will surely make this solution effective.
A dissertation submitted to the School of Graduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Art Education.