Tunic; linen and wool fragment; brown fabric decorated with a pattern of dark blue and cream wool worked in squares and circles in a dark blue/green; With in ornaments decorated in geometrical designs, lozenges and arranged in rectangles with medallions at the centre of squares and finishing bars. Outer borders of trefoils. Nine other fragments stored separately.
- Length: 44 centimetres
- Width: 28 centimetres
Poor; worn and fragmentary.
25 September 2006
Reason for treatment
Remove from Melinex. Adhesive coated net is firmly adhered.
Textile fragments have been adhered to a nylon net backing with an unknown adhesive.
In the past, the textile fragment was adhered to nylon net (sticky net). The fragment has been stored in a Melinex (polyester) sleeve. During summer 2005, as part of the restorage of the P&E textile collection, this sleeve which was sealed at the edges with sticky tape which had failed over time, was replaced (restorage project carried out by Anna Harrison and Catherine Petit de Bantel). It was then found that the sticky net had become closely adhered to the Melinex sleeve.In the Organic Artefacts Conservation Studio the fragment was detached from the Melinex through mechanical means. A metal spatula was used to carefully separate the net from the Melinex. The net remained firmly adhered to the textile. The fragment and netting were then placed between two pieces of silicone coated, 23 micron Melinex. This 'sandwich' was then slipped into the 'standard' Melinex sleeve for the P&E textiles. This consisted of an inner sleeve which is sealed along one long edge and is then slipped into an outer sleeve which is sealed along two short edges. This is designed to allow easy access to the textile.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCB988
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