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Thursday, May 16 • 11:00am - 11:30am
(Textiles) Pressed and Presented: Pressure Mounting Textiles, History and Current Practice

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The technique for pressure mounting textiles has evolved over several decades, as was evidenced in a literature review, documents and mounts from the George Washington University (GWU) Museum / The Textile Museum, and consultations with conservators from other institutions. This history informed the mounting of archaeological textiles for an exhibition of Egyptian Coptic home-furnishings, Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt, opening fall of 2019 at the GWU Museum/The Textile Museum, presented in conjunction with Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. These fragile archaeological textiles are often fragmentary; several are rather large curtains and door coverings intended to hang vertically. Considering the fragility of the textiles, the desire to protect them while on display and minimize future handling, pressure mounting and variations of mounting under Plexiglas was a necessity. This paper gives a brief overview of past and current techniques, followed by the procedures and knowledge gained while preparing mounts for the Woven Interiors exhibition.

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Cathleen Zaret

Associate Conservator, GWU Museum/Textile Museum
Cathleen Zaret is an Associate Conservator at the George Washington University Museum / The Textile Museum in Washington DC.

Thursday May 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Oneida/Penobscot Rooms Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Textiles