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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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  • atvalentine2Jean Pierre Le Mayeur Buckskin Hunting Jacket

    By Kaitlyn Munro Last spring we conserved a stunning buckskin hunting jacket for The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia. Go check it out in their current fashion exhibit The Virginia Man: Respect, Responsibility, Rebellion until January 29, 2017.   But first, a little history about the gentleman (a fascinating man we might add!) who wore this jacket long […]

  • iwan-logo-shadowedIndonesia’s Batik Maestro: Iwan Tirta (1935–2010)

    As many friends and colleagues know, I am working on a book about Iwan Tirta, and the fabulous collection of  his batik wall hangings owned by the American Embassy Jakarta. The wall hangings were probably acquired for the Embassy between 1973–1985. They are bold, colorful, enlarged Javanese batik motifs such as singa lion, flowers, phoenix, […]

  • USInfantry_052Secrets of the Infantry Hunting Horn

    By Kaitlyn Munro Even after working a long time—and intimately on a textile—there are often new and fascinating discoveries. We are nearing the completion of an extensive conservation treatment of an 1832 US Infantry Officer’s dress coatee. And here is what we found: At the bottom of the coat tails, there are a pair of lovely […]