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

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West Lake Conservators Ltd.

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Skaneateles, NY 13152

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Cambridge, MA 02138

Boro 6 Art Conservation

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Jersey City, New Jersey 07302


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Halifax, NS B3H 2N3