ASDC Dyeing of Synthetic Fibres

Part of the suite of courses which make up the ASDC professional qualification.

Start date October 2023

Exam Date May 2024

Below are a full list of lessons and topics that are covered in this course.

Each lesson and subsequent topics are available from the dates shown to allow you time to complete the lessons.

Take the first lesson, either by clicking on the link below or the list to the right to learn more about how the system works, what help in learning is available and how best to manage your time.

A useful booklet on How to navigate colour network can be downloaded.

The recommended text book for this course is highlighted here, and can be purchased via the link given.

Physio-chemical aspects of Textile Coloration – Stephen M Burkinshaw, publisher SDC

A concise and very accessible book that is also available is Synthetic Fibre Dyeing – Ed. Chris Hawkyard, publisher SDC

Anyone starting the course should have access to the following books which provide both an introduction to the course and provide depth to the topics taught in single volumes.

An Introduction to Textile Coloration: Principles and Practice – Roger H. Wardman, publisher SDC

Basic Principles of Textile Coloration – Arthur D Broadbent, publisher SDC



This course will provide you with knowledge of fibre structure, its interaction with water and the importance of this in the coloration process. It will cover coloration processes and dye classes for the more important synthetic fibres.

This course contains scientific content prepared by experts within their specific field and is delivered by Antony Morton on behalf of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. Contact

It is important for you to understand the different fibres within these classification and use the techniques learnt here to understand the differences in the required dyeing of these fibres.

The following publication is available to you to help with some of the specific terms and definitions encountered within coloration industries.

  1. The SDC publication “Colour terms and definitions”

To fully appreciate the coloration of all textile fibres there is a need to understand the physical, chemical, thermal and optical properties of fibres in general. The following 4 documents provide this background information that you should refer to during your study. These documents are also useful reference material when you are studying the dyeing of natural fibres.

  1. General Physical and Mechanical properties of Fibres
  2. Mechanical properties of Fibres
  3. Thermal properties of Fibres
  4. Optical properties of Fibres

Extracts from some of the recommended texts as well as articles from Coloration Technology are made available to students in the lessons.

In the following lectures, commercial names of dyes, fibres, auxiliaries etc are provided; this does not imply superiority of commercial products but is intended to serve only as a guide. Similarly while aspects relating to application procedures is presented, these are intended as being representative of typical application conditions only and are not intended to be employed for practical dyeing.