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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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  • Ada_Rehan_1897_sepiaShakespeare’s Ideal: Conserving Ada Rehan’s Viola Costume

    By Kaitlyn Munro We recently had the pleasure of conserving and preparing a beautiful old stage costume for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s upcoming exhibit: America’s Shakespeare. A reproduction of an 18th c style suit, this costume strives to be as sumptuous and elegant as it’s inspirations. The mauve and maroon cut velvet maple leaf pattern, surely […]

  • Puppet 2Puppet Masters: Conservation in Miniature

    In the first partnership of its kind, I led the The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok and the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Museum in Taipei for a puppet textile conservation training workshop. In the lively one-week session, conservators Nuchada Piranprasankit and Yaowalak Bunnag, from the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, and I trained staff […]

  • LG_1Let's Hear it for the Boys #3: The All-American Installment

    The final post in Julia’s three-part series dedicated to the gentleman. If you missed my first two posts on ‘man-centric’ textiles (or if you just loved them so much and you want to reread) – you can find the first post here, and the second post can be found here. Over the years, Caring for Textiles has […]