Textiles enrich our lives. We preserve, repair, restore & display.
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Textiles enrich our lives.
We preserve, repair, restore & display.
Conservation & Repair
Beloved christening gowns, fragile wedding dresses, and other heirlooms all deserve skilled treatments to preserve the past and enrich our lives and those of our children. Fine hand-stitching, reweaving, dye and stain analysis are among the techniques used in conservation.
Cleaning & Care
Acidic discoloration, stains and creases can often be removed using a combination of wet and dry cleaning. After careful testing, cleaning, and stabilization, your heirlooms can be preserved for many more years to come.
Conservation & Repair
Each textile is studied with sensitivity to texture, pattern, condition, lighting and location. Mounts are designed to protect and preserve the textile while augmenting its strong graphic power or subtle beauty. Custom display can include the design of interior space and lighting, as well as professional installation to showcase textile collections harmoniously with other artworks.
Early this year, I volunteered to assist with the conservation of some very special textiles, housed in temple collections in Chiang Mai. These intricate hangings were associated with Queen Consort Princess Darasamee and very much needed preservation. But it turns out they were far more complex than the visible embroidery threads for they were tied […]
Twelve packs of needles, Eleven yards of Velcro, Ten linen linings, Nine scissors snipping, Eight stitchers stitching, Seven quilts with netting, Six Tyvek rolls, Five golden buttons, Four curved needles, Three patch supports, Two hanging slats, And a pin cushion with a Skala tree! —Happy Holidays from Caring for Textiles!
Cigarette Silks! written by Lauren Klamm Once a highly popular fad, cigarette silks were collectible printed squares tucked into cigarette packs. Used as a marketing tool, the images ran the gamut from national flags, famous art pieces to nobility and, even religious iconography. These small squares were, called “silks”, but are actually printed, or woven, […]