Flat Storage for Textiles

Flat Storage for Textiles – Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) Notes 13/2
Source: CCI

Flat storage is ideal for most textiles because it provides support for the entire textile, thus freeing the textile fibres from the stress of supporting their own weight. When flat storage is enclosed, it also protects the artifact from water damage, dust, and light. When storing textiles flat, it is important to keep folding to a minimum. Consequently, flat storage occupies more space than other storage methods, so it may be necessary to reserve flat storage for selected pieces: very fragile items; heavily decorated textiles, such as beaded dresses; and garments with weak shoulder seams, made from stretchy knits, or those cut on the bias.