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  • Textile conservators Laura Mina and Kate Sahmel prepare a men’s dress shirt for stain reduction for an exhibition at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library (Image credit Jim Schneck, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library). 


Textiles Laboratory

The master’s-level first-year textile block covers textile history, technology, terminology, fiber identification, weave structure analysis. A wide variety of world textiles are addressed including embroideries, domestic textiles, carpets, costume, archeological textiles, and upholstery. The course focuses on the care, display, and storage of textiles with lectures on cleaning methods, stitched and adhesive stabilization, loss compensation, and exhibition mounts. Lectures are augmented by an extended object examination and documentation project, textile techniques projects, hands-on treatment exercises, and field trips to collections and exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, or Washington, DC.

Areas of study for second-year textile majors include cleaning, stabilization, support, compensation for loss, exhibition, storage, and special problems associated with composite objects. Topics covered in theory during the first year are expanded through independent research, while students gain practical experience completing projects chosen to develop skills in accomplishing a broad range of conservation activities.

Textile conservators Laura Mina and Kate Sahmel teach the first-year textile block and supervise second-year students majoring in textile conservation. ​

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  • The Department of Art Conservation
  • 303 Old College
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3489