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MSU holds workshop on conserving precious textiles
Mar '12
Mostly read on medicines and food items packets, the phrase 'Store in a cool, dry place' even holds true for precious textile items, particularly when these are procured at a really high price or are inherited in generations.

Highlighting the same, a workshop on preventive conservation of valuable textile goods recently concluded at M S University.

Organized by the Faculty of Family and Community Sciences University's Department of Clothing and Textile, the workshop titled 'Preserving Your Heirlooms' had NGOs, design consultants and homemakers as participants. The invitees were briefed on various modes of conserving precious textile pieces.

Research scholar Kirti Manek, organizer of the workshop said there are various measures that can be taken at household level to save textiles against any damage from insects, microbes and environment. Sometimes, inappropriate storage may result in damage to textiles.

Ms Manek who is pursuing her Ph.d. in documentation of rare textile artefacts with a focus on their preservation and conservation said there are some simple damage prevention measures that any person can take to preserve textiles inherited from past generations, or which they wish to pass on to their next generations.

Ms Manek said simple precautions like preserving the textiles from direct exposure to sunlight and storing them in a cool atmosphere with low humidity and not many temperature fluctuations can greatly help in preservation of those textiles.

She further suggested that textiles should not have many folds as it is from these folds that damage usually starts. Rolling saris instead of folding them is a great idea, Ms Manek said.

Participants at the workshop were also given tips on preserving textiles against microbes and insects with use of tobacco and neem leaves or aromatic things like 'guggal' or cloves. 'Dhoop' or incense sticks also can be used in the same way, they were told.

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