Pile textile made of fibre (palm leaf).
5 June 1991
Remove old repair (?) Check with curator. Repair/back slits and tears.
Dry and brittle with shedding fibres. Areas of weakness in the weave at the back. Some fraying along one end.
Lightly vacuumed raphia using a low power vacuum and a soft bristle brush. Backed areas of weakness on the reverse using dyed japanese tissue paper and arrowroot and sodium alginate paste. In small areas which were thread bare bridged the weave with twists of paper saturated with the paste and lightly tamped into position. Secured fraying threads at one end with modern raphia of an appropriate colour.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EAF40651
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