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ICOM CC 2011 Lisbon
ICOM CC 2011 Lisbon brought together colleagues from all over the planet to discuss, learn and explore not only fabulous Portugal, but the theme of “Cultural Heritage vs Cultural Identity – The Role of Conservation. Tang, fellow conservator from Thailand, and I presented a talk about the forthcoming Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles.
ICOM CC Triennial Meeting, Delhi, India, 2008
Over 74 countries participated in this global conservation conference. Sangita Gurung, my colleague from the Textile Museum in Thimphu, co-presented the paper on anoxic storage systems. We made wonderful friends with other bursaries from Croatia, Lithuania, Romania, Chile, Viet Nam, Philippines, Indonesia, Guatemala, Nigeria and Egypt.
Advanced Textile Conservation Training in Bhutan, 2008
Sponsored by the Friends of Bhutan’s Culture and the Getty Foundation, this 3 month project focused on the advanced training of museum staff and first ever training of monks. Working in rural monasteries, treatments included 16th -19th century religious textiles and thankgas and the publication of the English-Dzongka A Handbook – How to Take Care of Sacred Obects in the Monasteries.
Textile Conservation Workshop in Algeria, 2006
Sponsored by the U.S. Ambassador’s Grant for Cultural Preservation, National Bardo Museum, Algiers, Algeria. Working in a 16th century Moorish villa museum, training 10 professionals, this workshop focused on the treatment and stabilization of 15 Ottoman style textiles and the upgrade of strorage and exhibition conditions.
Textile Conservation Project in Madagascar, 2005
Sponsored by the U.S. Ambassador’s Grant for Cultural Preservation and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Here are scenes from the three-week textiles conservation workshop, training 12 participants from 4 different museums in Madagascar. Focusing on an important 19th century collection of traditional Malagasy shawls or “lambas,” the training incorporated accessioning, condition reporting, color testing, cleaning, stabilization and treatments, preparing a state of the art climate controlled storage room and preparing thirty textiles for an exhibition.
Early Bhutan, 2003
Teaching preventative conservation and textile conservation for six weeks at Bhutan’s Textile Museum. The project was funded by the non-profit organization, The Friends of Bhutan’s Culture.