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A compressive review on different surface finishing of cotton fabrics

Haymanot Enawgaw (Department of Textile Engineering, Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology, Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 19 January 2023




The purpose of this paper is to give compiled information on previously applied cotton fabric surface modifications. The paper covered most of the modifications done on cotton fabric to improve its properties or to add some functional properties. The paper presented mostly studied research works that brought a significant surface improvement on cotton fabric.


Different previous works on surface modifications of cotton fabrics such as pilling, wrinkle and microbial resistance, hydrophobicity, cationization, flame retardancy and UV-protection characteristics were studied and their methods of modification including the main findings are well reported in this paper.


Several modification treatments on surface modification of cotton fabrics indicated an improvement in the desired properties in which the modification is needed. For instance, the pilling tendency, wrinkling, microbial degradation and UV degradation drawbacks of cotton fabric can be overcome through different modification techniques.


To the best of the author’s knowledge, there are no compressive documents that covered all the portions presented in this review. The author tried to cover the surface modifications done to improve the main properties of cotton fabric.



Author’s information: The author is dedicated to biomass to biomaterial research.

Data and materials availability: All data and materials are availed in the manuscript and no additional input is required.

Author’s contribution: The author contributed to writing, editing and finalizing the document

Funding: No funder is required to do this paper.

Ethics approval and consent to participate: Not applicable

Consent for publication: Not applicable

Competing interests: The author declares no competing interests.


Enawgaw, H. (2023), "A compressive review on different surface finishing of cotton fabrics", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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