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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.

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  • The (Good) Eyes Have It

    Good eyesight is one thing, but enhanced stereoscopic vision? That’s sharp! New visual neuroscience research from the University of California, Berkeley supports one thing that Julia already knew: good eyesight is an asset in working with textiles, practically a pre-requisite for the job. But, as this recently released data reveals, dressmakers and those, like Julia, who work […]

  • Field Trip: Williamsburg, Virginia

    We visit “Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home” By Kaitlyn Munro Lauren and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia) to attend the symposium, Printed Fashions: Textiles for Clothing and the Home. We were honored to present a paper “Burn Out”, about a range of conservation techniques for stabilizing […]

  • In Fond Memory of Olive B. Graffam

    Olive B. Graffam,  Curator of Collections, Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Museum It is rare and wonderful to work with the same client for nearly 20 years…and over this time a treasured relationship developed; tender, deeply thoughtful, and professional. We got to know each other’s families, and grandchildren by name, and shared our challenges […]