the textile fragments are much easier to see. Now researchers can identify
how they were woven and repaired. The conservator placed them on boards so
researchers can move and view the fragments without touching them.
Conservator's Description: Textile consists of small wool fragments. Possibly a blanket. Some fragments are loosely stitched together. Judging from the patterns and weave types, at least three different cloths are represented. Some fragments have a stripe or twill pattern. They were probably stitched together to repair the blanket. Another small fragment included in the group is a bit of dark wool which has been knitted.
Actual Treatment: Fragments were too fragile to vacuum, but debris was removed using tweezers. They were humidified for approximately one hour, the yarns aligned in place, weighted and allowed to dry in a flattened position. The eight larger fragments with the same weave were attached with crepelene thread to an acid-free muslin covered board. Twelve smaller fragments, representing three additional weaves were placed, but not attached, onto a muslin covered board. The twill fragments and the knitted fragments were placed in a small box. All were covered with unbuffered, acid-free tissue.