Conservation: Textiles & Fabrics

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Textiles weave the mysteries of history, faith and beauty, all with humble threads of fabric.

Textiles come in an enormous array of materials, each one with particular qualities as to its conservation. And with the continual development of dyes, there is not one answer to how to conserve your piece. An expert must identify the particulars of your textile and develop a plan around its care. Like many antique pieces, light, temperature, pests and pollution are huge damaging forces and should be taken extremely seriously when deciding how to show your textile.


  • Keep textiles out of light. All spectrums of light cause damage
  • Consult a conservator for appropriate temperature and humidity settings
  • Consult a conservator on optimum cleaning method for that particular fabric
  • Do not place cotton and linen in wooden drawers
  • Consult with a conservator about the best method of hanging and/or framing of textile
  • When storing a textile be certain that the area is cool, dark and dry
  • Routine checks for pests is highly recommended
  • Routine vacuuming of textile is recommended
  • Consult with a conservator about appropriate cleaning techniques for your textile
  • Use caution when bringing in a new piece for your collection due to pests
  • Wrap new piece in clear polyethylene sheeting and tightly seal shut
  • Leave for three weeks, if no sign of infestation is noticed then include in collection

Zephyr Preservation Studio, LLC

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Sarah C. Stevens
Albany, NY

Ann Shaftel

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Ann Shaftel 6201 Shirley Street
Halifax, NS B3H 2N3

Boro 6 Art Conservation

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Jakki Godfrey
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

The Costume and Textile Specialists

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Newbold Richardson 602 South View Terrace
Alexandria, VA 22314

West Lake Conservators, Ltd.

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Susan Blakney Box 45
4207 Railroad Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152


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George Schwartz 6620 E Rogers Cir
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Parker Art Conservation LLC

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Julie Parker PO Box 5277
Centennial, CO 80155

Textile Conservation Workshop, Inc.

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Patsy Orlofsky 3 Main Street
South Salem, New York 10590

Intermuseum Conservation Association

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Albert Albano 2915 Detroit Ave
Cleveland, OH 44113

Spicer Art Conservation, LLC

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Gwen Spicer 305 Clipp Rd.
Delmar, NY 12054

MPF Conservation

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Mitchell Powell, PA AIC P. O. Box 10946
Portland, OR 97296

The Conservation Center - Conserving Art Coast to Coast

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Heather Becker 730 North Franklin
Suite 701
Chicago, IL 60654

Textile Conservation Services, LLC.

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Muffie Austin 325 South 6th St.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Textile Preservation Services of Texas

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Melanie Sanford 610 E Main Street, Suite 407
Allen, Texas 75002

Judith Eisenberg Textile Conservation

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Judith Eisenberg
New York, NY 10001

Antique Textile Clinic

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Vera Indenbaum 3115 Cardiff Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Textile Conservation Services

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Julia Brennan 3924 Ingomar Street, NW
Washington, DC 20015

Stillwater Textile Conservation Studio LLC

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Deborah Bede 196 Old Warner Road
Bradford, NH 03221

Murray Conservation Services

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Anne Murray 1931 NE 69th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Margaret Geiss-Mooney - Costume/Textile Conservator

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Margaret Geiss-Mooney Northern California area