colour of the wet cloths seems deeper

Jan 2009
When the coloured cloths become wet it seems deeper coloured - Why?
Dec 2008
Udupi, Karnataka, India
Light incident on a dry surface bounces directly to your eye with little absorption, while light incident on a wet surface bounces around inside the transparent wet region due to total internal reflection before it reaches your eye. During each bounce the light is absorbed by the wet surface. So more absorption of light occurs in a wet surface, and the surface looks darker.
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