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Textile conservation. Photo: Emmy de Groot.

The importance of textiles in our daily life is illustrated by the large number of words and expressions – in almost any language – that finds their origin in textiles.

In all era’s, textile has been the motor behind economic, cultural and artistic developments and it still is. It can even be stated that the forerunner of the computer is a weaving machine. However the main attractiveness of textiles lies in it’s beauty combined with it’s tactile properties, and endless variations in materials and manufacturing techniques. Continuously new materials are developed and used in clothing and interiors, but also in modern art. The material is very appealing to work with.

While flags and banners form symbols for group identity and have a social function in this respect, textiles also determine the comfort of peoples housing and protect the body from cold. They express wealth and personal taste at the same time. In short: textiles may be considered as highly personal. Could you get any closer to a person from the Golden Age, than when working on his or her costume? Textiles are, however, fragile and prone to a variety of deterioration mechanisms. To protect their longevity, smart solutions need to be found. It is a challenge to contribute to the preservation of this engaging heritage.

MA Theses

Lecturers in Textile Conservation