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Preserving image and structure: tapestry conservation in Europe and the United States

Lennard, F. (2007) Preserving image and structure: tapestry conservation in Europe and the United States Reviews in Conservation, 7, (7), pp. 43-53.

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Tapestry weaving has been used for millennia to create a fabrics in which the design is integral to the structure, but the term ‘tapestry’ is synonymous with woven pictorial hangings, the subject of this paper. Since the first tapestries were made, tapestries have been cleaned and repaired. As the loss of warp and weft yarns affects both the image and the structure simultaneously, tapestry restoration and conservation techniques have sought to clarify the image as well as support the structure. This paper analyses the evolution of tapestry conservation techniques in Western Europe and the United States, from the universal use of reweaving to the range of treatments currently employed.

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Submitted date: April 2006
Published date: January 2007
Keywords: tapestry conservation


Local EPrints ID: 38034
ISSN: 1817-2245
PURE UUID: 2433b861-fbdd-44ae-b2ca-2ce148af4ec4

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Date deposited: 30 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:40

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Author: F. Lennard

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