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.

Opening an object with client for initial condition observation

Preparing for a condition report and treatment proposal on object

Test for spot cleaning

Discussing conservation issues of a tapestry with interns and visiting students

Vacuuming a Moroccan carpet with a micro suction attachment

Sponging during wet cleaning treatment

Students working on a “conservation dye to match” exercise

Dyed yarns and their dye bath samples

Material and color matching for discrete restoration of areas of loss.

On Site; Examination of object in Collection Assessment Survey

On site; Collection Storage at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

Stitching a support backing to a tapestry

Inspecting a tapestry upon de-installation