Welcome to a Down And Dirty Guide to Care and Cleaning.
And let’s get this straight right off the top, I am not a museum conservator.
Not by a long shot.
What I know about the area of textiles comes from reading, talking to people who know more than I do and study with that unforgiving teacher – Trial and Error.
I did study costume history for several years a part of an MFA degree in Costume Design and Construction and I started collecting in oh, 1979, and have been selling since 1992.
So where to start?
Most of us are dealers with stock inventory. Museum techniques really won’t work for us.
But I have rarely met a seller who didn‘t have a personal collection. And there are many things we can do to protect what we have and pass it on to the next owner.