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Collections Care: Metal Thread Textiles

  • Post Date8/15/2017
  • Reading Time1 minute read

Collections staff recently examined textiles containing metal threads to review proper storage solutions. These threads are very pliable, but can break over time if bent when the textile is folded. Instead, these textiles should be laid flat when possible.

  • A vibrant textile with red, gold, and blue banding and gold thread
    A detailed image of gold thread on a 19th century Chinese skirt (1993.18.0092A).
  • Closeup of metal threads separating on a seam of a textile
    A detailed image of damaged metal thread on a 18th century French vestment (1925.02.0001).
  • Four collections staff inspect a red and white textile laid on a table.