Care of Historic Silk

Silk items are commonplace in many historic collections. For a variety of reasons, silk tends to be delicate and difficult when it comes to care and display. In this webinar, our presenter will provide information for the care of silk objects in small museum collections. History of use and production will be included, to further the understanding of these problematic pieces. The presenter will also provide information regarding storage and environmental conditions, as well as display options, and when you should consider engaging a conservator to help you.


Meredith Wilcox-Levine is a textile conservator at the Textile Conservation Workshop in South Salem, NY. She holds a Master of Science degree in Historic Costume and Textiles from the University of Rhode Island’s Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design, with a focus in Textile Conservation. During her training she completed internships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Museum of American History. Before entering the conservation field, Meredith received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatrical costume design and production from Syracuse University. She is an associate member of the AIC and the Costume Society of America. She has presented a paper on the treatment of baseball jerseys. Her interests range from historic and theatrical costume to exhibition mount-making and contemporary fabric crafts and techniques.

Recorded: Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Duration: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

C2C Care of Historic Silk Webinar July 2020 Presentation
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