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Care & Display

  Textile Museum curators conduct a monthly curatorial consultation.

Since its inception in 1925, The Textile Museum has been a leader in the field of textile conservation. The Museum's founder, George Hewitt Myers, placed a high priority on the preservation of its collections and from the beginning, made the Conservation Department an integral part of the institution.

Today, the role of the Conservation Department has evolved to encompass not only the treatment of individual textiles, but provision for the long-term care of the collection as a whole, with major emphasis on the development of improved exhibition methods.

The following pamphlets, developed by the Conservation Department provide guidance for the care and display of textiles:

1. Guidelines for the Care of Textiles
2. Storing Oriental Carpets
3. Hanging System for Textiles in Sturdy Condition
4. Pest Busters

The museum hosts a monthly program called Ask-a-Curator, Ask-a-Conservator the first Friday of the month (September through December, 2013). From 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. visitors can bring in up to three textiles and are served on a walk-in basis. Two sessions are held concurrently: Conservation Consultation concerns the preservation needs of textiles in your collection. Eastern Hemisphere Consultation concerns the identification and discussion of historic and ethnographic textiles made in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. There is a $5 fee for non-members. The Textile Museum does not make appraisals or conservation referrals. For more information call (202) 667-0441.

See the Links page for conservation-related websites.



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