Souvenir handkerchief from 1901 Pan American Exposition

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CATEGORY:
Textiles
MEDIA:
brocaded ivory silk
DIMS:
20" x 20"
CREDIT:
Buffalo History Museum
ICA ID:
2019.016
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WHAT HAPPENED AT THE ICA?

As the before photograph indicates, this silk handkerchief required conservation treatment to physically stabilize and visually improve its current condition.  The handkerchief was dusted with a soft brush before it was humidified in sections to relax the silk.  Once the silk was relaxed the humidified area was covered with a damp 3” x 5” cotton blotter and lightly weighted. Weave structure and damages within the dampened area were manually realigned and dried under weighted dry cotton blotters.  The handkerchief received a crepeline support which provided encasement for the shattering selvedge edges. 

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