A Journey into Textile Conservation
The conservation and handling of textile cultural artifacts can be divided into the two main directions: stabilization maintenance and conservation treatment. The goal of stabilization maintenance is to slow the deterioration and damage found in textiles. It does not usually involve large scale conservation, but instead looks to maintain the current state and condition of the textile by improving how it is stored and preserved. Restoration treatment, on the other hand, looks to address and improve damaged areas by strengthening the textile’s composition and slowing down the rate of deterioration. This method is generally used with textiles that have already lost their original function or show serious deterioration.