Textile Conservation Articles

The exhibition Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters at the Legion of Honor was created by a team that came together across the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. All four conservation...
In the eighteenth century, women in European society used fans as dynamic objects to convey emotions, flick away suitors, and keep themselves cool. As such, fans were repeatedly folded and unfolded, causing their materials...
The Textile Conservation Lab recently had two fascinating (and beautiful) examples of the weaving technique “double weave” in the lab at the same time: a length of fabric designed by William Morris in 1878–1881, woven on a...
Visitors to the Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade may be surprised to learn that hat making was a dangerous business, due to the introduction of mercury to the process of preparing fur pelts in the...
The exhibition On the Grid: Textiles & Minimalism presented the textile conservation lab with a variety of mounting challenges. Among these challenges was determining the ideal way to display a dip-dyed and hand...
It’s not just a simple knit 1, purl 2 project. Instead, it should carry the warning, “Requires Expert Supervision.” “It” is the knitting pattern derived from a Bolivian purse in the shape of a man in the...
The bonnets are ancient accordions in dark silk, and the calot is a waterfall of lavender. The Mongolian hat is a golden peak rising from a ruff of fur, and comes with a little set of earmuffs to match. The Textile Lab at...
For the first time ever, three prized tapestries from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection will be exhibited together in the Legion of Honor’s Gallery 1. The entire series, known as The Triumph...
The British Aesthetic Movement, the subject of the exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860–1900 at the Legion of Honor, promoted the integration of beauty and art into every aspect of life....