The effect of the degree of chemical crosslinking of cellulose with two bifunctional crosslinking agents dimethylol ethylene are (DMEU) and bis (hydroxyethyl) sulfur (BHES), on the equilibrium absorption of the direct dyes Chlorazol Sky Blue FF (C.I. Direct Blue 1) and Chrysophenine G (C.I. Direct Yellow 12) has been reported. The results show the increasing reduction of equilibrium dye absorption with increasing crosslink density. However, the maximum loss of absorption is about less than half of the amount absorbed by uncrosslinked cellulose. The results have been interpreted by reference to the parameters affecting the free energy of dyeing and the relevant models (pore model and gel model) available for explaining the fine structure of swollen cellulose.