Child's hood; undyed linen decorated with two embroidered red wool crosses; red wool and undyed linen sewn fringes; simple tabby; surface couching; red and yellow wool bobble at top back corner.
- Made in: Egypt
- Excavated/Findspot: Egypt
- Length: 18 centimetres
- Width: 17 centimetres (folded without fringes)
- Length: 2.5 centimetres (fringes)
Good; complete but fragile.
18 November 2005
There is a fairly sharp crease along the top edge of the hood where the linen is folded as part of the construction. The linen fabric feels quite crisp and there are weak areas and holes where yarns are broken. There are areas of brown discoloration. There are two tears which occur in line with the fringe (the weight of the fringe having weakened the fabric along the interface between fringe and fabric). In one of these two areas a section of the fringe is hanging loose and is in danger of falling off as it is only attached by a few remaining yarns of the linen. The fringe is distorted and tangled.
The crease along the top edge of the hood was softened by contact humidification. A padded and shaped interior support was made to prevent the crease from reappearing. The support also serves to suggest that the object would have been three dimensional when used. The support was made from polyester wadding covered in dyed cotton lawn stitched with Polyester sewing thread.The tears, weak areas and holes were stitch-supported onto dyed cotton lawn and cotton calico patches. The edges of the patches were finished off by whip stitching, securing them to the object using reverse herringbone stitches or folding the edge inwards and securing it to itself using herringbone stitches. Weak areas of the front edge of the hood were protected by encasing them in dyed Nylon net. On the reverse, the net was inserted in-between the cotton support patch and the object. All conservation stitches were carried out using dyed monofilament silk thread. The fringe was straightened and realigned using contact humidification. Finally, the object was placed on a board which was made from a sheet of Correx (corrugated sheet of polypropylene/polyethylene copolymer) the edges of which were softened by taping with gummed linen tape. It was then covered with undyed cotton Calico fabric which was heat-sealed to the reverse using Vinamul 3161 adhesive. The corners of the board were finished off by stitching the Calico to itself on the reverse, while the raw edges were finished by covering them with gummed linen tape. The object on its board is to be placed inside a card box.The card box ordered could not accomodate the board described above, so another one was made measuring 21cmX24cm in the same way described above. Vinamul 3252 (vinyl acetate,ethylene copolymer) was used to heat seal calico to reverse of board.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: MCB173
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