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Textiles / Clothing / Uniforms

Textiles are used to make things in our everyday lives including clothing, bedding, banners, flags, shelters, etc.. Archeological and historical textiles are made from natural fibers such as wool, flax (linen), cotton, silk, fur, and leather. Synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester have emerged as material for textiles during the twentieth century. Textiles may also include elements of different materials (buttons, metal hook-and-eyes, etc.) that require different methods of preservation.

Textiles are cared for primarily by textile conservators,
but may also be cared for by objects conservators, depending on their nature. Textile accessories such as shoes, hats, gloves, and belts are often cared for by objects conservators.

More Resources (pdf)
Cleaning Organic Materials
Dry Cleaning Historic Textiles

Dusting and Vacuuming
Rolling Textiles
Safe Plastics and Fabrics
Slant Boards for Quilts
Folding Textiles

If you have any questions, ask a conservator.


Preservation Principles

Types of Material

Types of Objects
   Books / Bibles / Scrapbooks
   Works of Art

   Textiles / Clothing / Uniforms
   Tools / Mechanical / Instruments
   Dishes / Glassware / Silverware
   Native American Items
   Natural History Specimens

More Resources
   Preservation Documents  (pdfs)
   Glossary of Terms
   See what we've done

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