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We support the professional development of textile conservators. Textile conservators are professionals who work to stabilize and care for textile objects in an effort to preserve them for future generations.

Textile objects include carpets, tapestries, clothing, upholstered furniture, fiber art, and more; they range from archeological fragments to contemporary works. The care and preservation of textile objects combines unique skills gained through advanced training and ongoing study in art history, science, studio art, and related disciplines. Conservation work can include: preventative conservation, interventive treatments, examination, documentation, and materials analysis.

Textile conservators consider artist’s intentions and the object’s history of use as they work to protect textiles from inherent vice, environmental hazards, and natural disasters. Our members work at museums, in private practice, universities, regional centers, and training programs and provide a valuable professional network for textile conservation.

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