Ethnic beadwork rolled on archival tubes within protective acid-free box.

An acid-free storage box or roller and acid-free buffered or unbuffered tissue paper provide the best housing for textiles being retired to long-term storage or  not on display in the museum.

We further recommend that textiles should be stored in an environment which is dusted and vacuumed regularly and where the temperature and relative humidity remain fairly constant year-round. Storage in an attic or basement is not recommended, as the environmental changes in temperature and humidity are frequent and extreme. Too much moisture can promote mold growth, which can permanently damage a textile. Objects should be stored off the floor, out of direct sunlight and away from a radiator or any heating source.