Museum curators conduct a monthly curatorial consultation.
its inception in 1925, The Textile Museum has been a leader
in the field of textile conservation. The Museum's founder,
George Hewitt Myers, placed a high priority on the preservation
of its collections and from the beginning, made the Conservation
Department an integral part of the institution.
the role of the Conservation Department has evolved to encompass
not only the treatment of individual textiles, but provision
for the long-term care of the collection as a whole, with
major emphasis on the development of improved exhibition
The following pamphlets, developed by the Conservation Department
provide guidance for the care and display of textiles:
for the Care of Textiles
2. Storing Oriental Carpets
3. Hanging System for Textiles
in Sturdy Condition
4. Pest Busters
The Museum hosts a monthly program called
the first Wednesday of the month (September through May).
From 10:30 am to 1:00 pm visitors can bring in up to three
textiles and are served on a walk-in basis. Two sessions are
held concurrently: Conservation Consultation concerns the
preservation needs of textiles in your collection. Eastern
Hemisphere Consultation concerns the identification and discussion
of historic and ethnographic textiles made in Africa, Asia,
and the Middle East. There is a $5 fee for non-members. The
Textile Museum does not make appraisals or conservation referrals.
For more information call (202) 667-0441.
the Links page for conservation-related