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  • Description

    Blanket made of textile (cotton).

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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 208 centimetres (including fringes)
    • Width: 124 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    From acquisition notes "Igorrot".

  • Exhibition history


    1996-97, London, Museum of Mankind, 'Stairways to the Sky: Rice and Life in the Philippines'

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    24 January 1996

    Treatment proposal

    Light clean. Check. Repair edge.


    Surface slightly soiled with dust. Creased through storage. Sound condition with exception of small area of damage at one edge.

    Treatment details

    The textile was surface cleaned using low powered vacuum suction. The damaged edge was repaired by placing a patch of cotton lawn fabric, dyed to an appropriate colour using Ciba Geigy Solophenyl cellulose dyes, behind the damage and stitching the raw edges of the tear into it with monofilament silk threads. Creases removed using moisture from a portable steamer. Textile gently held under tension, manually, until distortions removed. Rolled for storage. Attached a cotton label, bearing the registration number, to an inconspicuous place, stitching in position with strands of monofilament silk thread.

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