Science – professional workshop                  "PROTECTIVE PROPERTIES OF NATURAL DYESTUFF"    Otočac, 18. April 2011.

Organized in co-operation of

Textile Science Research Center (TSRC)

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile - Technology

Within the European project FP7-REGPOT-2008-1-229801:T–Pot

Association "Gačanka"


Croatian Association of Textile Engineers (HIST)

April 18th 2011, Otočac, 11 a.m.


As the result of cooperation of Textile Science Research Centre (TSRC) financed within the European project FP7-REGPOT-2008-1: T–Pot (project co-ordinator: Sandra Bischof – Vukušić, Ph.D., Prof.), Department of Textile Chemistry and Ecology of Faculty of Textile Technology University of Zagreb and European project "Centre for Traditional Crafts" of "Gačanka" association, under the patronage of Croatian Association of Textile Engineers, at the April 18th 2011, scientific – professional workshop will be held in Otočac (Lika – Croatia), entitled: "Protective Properties of Natural Dyestuff".

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