RESTORATION & REPRODUCTION

 Reproduction of Red Cross nurse's uniform.

Reproduction of Red Cross nurse's uniform.

In some cases, heavy damage to an heirloom precludes normal conservation techniques and more extensive treatment is required to restore the visual and physical integrity of the piece. Stuctural fabric replacement and recreation of decorative elements can salvage the appearance and function of the textile.  TCW and the owner can decide the extent of the restoration. 

At TCW, we specialize in treating original historic textiles.  However, when historic textiles are too fragile and compromised by age and degradation, TCW conservators can construct reproductions for museums to place on exhibit.  The original textiles can then be safely packed in archival storage, where they will remain protected for future reference and study. Reproductions are also suitable options for living history museum environments, which subject their textiles to the rigors of everyday utility.