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textiles conservation


Conservation of textiles involves a wide range of activities. At International Conservation Services, our textiles conservators work on fascinating pieces from family heirloom samplers to large modern tapestries, historic soft furnishings to military memorabilia and ethnographic costumes. Japanese Flag

Our conservation treatments and repairs also range between simple preservation techniques for safe storage to complicated full restorations including display and framing.

We regularly carry out conservation treatments on a very wide range of objects including:

  • Textile artworks (e.g. screen prints and unique original artworks)
  • Samplers, embroideries, beadwork and stumpwork
  • Tapestries and wall hangings
  • Wedding dresses, christening gowns and accessories
  • Baby clothes, blankets and mementoes
  • Historic costume
  • Religious garments
  • Military uniforms
  • Sports uniforms, ribbons and memorabilia
  • Hats and caps
  • Military memorabilia (e.g. flags, banners and colours)
  • Soft furnishings (e.e cushions, dollies, linen, bedspreads, upholstery and curtains)
  • Quilts
  • Painted textiles
  • Dolls' costumes and accessories
  • Ribbons and lace
  • Ethnographic costume (e.g. head dresses, necklaces and masks)
  • Tapa
  • Antique textiles (e.g. decorative saddle clothes)
  • Thangka and Asian textiles (e.g. kimono)
  • Corporate art collections

Our textiles conservation services include:

  • Wet cleaning (washing)
  • Dry cleaning (including localised cleaning)
  • Surface cleaning
  • Stain reduction
  • Conservation repairs (stitching and/or adhesive)
  • Flattening of creases and distortions
  • Linings
  • Consolidation
  • Mounting of display
  • Conservation framing in original or new frames
  • Designing individual display systems (display cases, clear acrylic supports, hanging supports etc.)
  • Provide safe storage solutions for large and small pieces using stable storage materials to museums standards (archival boxes, rolls, proctective covers etc.)

We perform treatments to stabilise textiles in a variety of conditions such as:

  • deteriorating
  • damaged
  • broken
  • torn
  • faded
  • worn
  • insect eaten
  • creased
  • crushed
  • stained
  • spotted
  • foxed
  • rusty
  • dirty
  • mouldy
  • mildewed
  • smoke damaged
  • odoured ('smelly')

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