The textile studio conserves and restores a wide range of fabrics of different types of costumes and clothes, accessories, archaeological and ethnographic textile, as well as religious textile, samplers, banners and flags, fabrics for interior decoration and contemporary creations made of or with textile.

Objects and art objects in textile can be made of different kinds of natural and synthetic fibres. These fibres undergo a natural process of decay, which causes visible and invisible damage. The damage could include discolouration, brown spots, lacunas, bald and worn patches, folds, pollution and can significantly weaken the textile fibre.

For an adequate treatment it is important to know the origin of the textile, more specifically which textile fibre was used for the production and which weave was applied. These analyses are conducted at the IPARC laboratory.

The treatment of textile can consist of either conservatory or restorative interventions.

Conservation, focused on stabilising the current condition, may consist of:

Removing dust and dirt, consolidating cracks and smoothing folds, supporting weak parts and camouflaging of holes and missing parts. 

The restoration takes it one step further: missing parts can be complemented, for example, or perished materials are replaced by new material.

The original appearance of the object is more important in this case, compared to a conservation. 

Several techniques are used in the conservation-restoration of textile: sewing techniques with different natural and synthetic threads, but also gluing techniques using glue types which are thermoplastic and reversible.

For tapestries we refer to Royal Tapestry Manufacturers De Wit in Mechelen (www.dewit.be).

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