[Heritage] Heritage Bulletin Offers Tips For Textile Care

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Apr 30 08:50:12 PDT 2013

How does caring for textiles in museum collections differ from the care given to personal and everyday textiles?   What can you do to clean an historic textile without harming its integrity? Are there storage methods can harm textiles?  Heritage Bulletin 20: Caring for Textiles Cleaning and Garment Hanging ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/docs/Heritage_Bulletins/HB_20_Caring%20for%20Textiles_Cleaning_and_Garment_Hanging.pdf ), a new publication from Oregon Heritage authored by textile specialist Kathleen Daly, provides some solutions for textile concerns. 
According to Daly, textiles play an important role in our lives; however, the care we give those used on a daily basis differs greatly with best practices used in the care of historic materials. The way we care for textiles has changed over time yet newer cleaning methods are not necessarily better.  Heritage Bulletin 20 describes the importance of considering textile type, condition and provenance prior to cleaning. It also offers some cleaning techniques for one-dimensional as well as three-dimensional objects and a how-to guide on creating cleaning tools. 
Storage methods have also changed over time and well-intentioned systems used in museum and heritage collections a few years back can sometimes cause irreparable harm. For example, hanging can harm some garments while it is a wonderful way to store others. Heritage Bulletin 20 offers a simple, inexpensive process for creating your own garment hangers. The bulletin also includes a list of resources and links for further information on textile care and preservation. 
Heritage Bulletin 20 is available online at Oregon Heritage ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/TECH/pages/index.aspx ). Review and download the entire list of Oregon Heritage Bulletins ( http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/pages/bulletins.aspx ) for ideas and tips about planning, organizing, and successfully completing heritage and preservation projects. Do you have an idea for a Heritage Bulletin? Email heritage.info at state.oregon.us with ideas, questions or for further information.

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