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Silk weft ikat
- Made in: Sumatra
- Found/Acquired: Sumatra
- Length: 123 centimetres
- Width: 88 centimetres
2013 - TBC, Rijksmusuem, 'Longing for Mecca' PROMISED
1 March 1995
Check holes and repair as necessary.
The textile was creased through previous folded storage. Although in overall sound structural condition, there were several small holes in the textile.
Creasing and folds were reduced as far as possible using the ultrasonic humidifier. The textile was humidified gently and pinned out onto a softboard to dry; glass weights helped remove the creasing. Fold lines could not be completely removed. Larger holes, or areas where there was risk of fibre loss or further damage occurring, were given a patch support of light weight silk habutai fabric, dyed to an appropriate shade using Ciba Geigy Lanaset protein dyes. Conservation stitching (couching across weak areas and securing the edges of the patches) was carried out using silk monofilament thread, also dyed to an appropriate shade using Ciba Geigy Lanaset protein dyes. Attached a cotton tape label bearing the registration number to the reverse of the textile, using monofilament silk thread and a curved needle. The textile was rolled for storage.
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Object reference number: EAS89583
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