Textile Conservation Lab - Our Process

Every object that comes to the Lab for treatment is carefully analyzed for its conservation needs. The goal of the Textile Conservation Lab is to preserve the integrity, provide stabilization and support, and minimize further deterioration of a piece.

Conservators testing dyes

Inspecting a tapestry with design students

Analyzing a textile

Yarns with scouring bath and scoured samples

Vacuuming a moroccan carpet

Wet cleaning

On site at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY

Detail work on a pink kimono

Examining a piece to determine the best course of action

Stitching a tapestry

Sewing a lining into a tapestry

Inspecting a tapestry upon de-installation

Preparing the workspace

Discrete restoration may be considered where appropriate