Studio of Textile Conservation and Restoration

Barbora Venclová – Detail of fabric of dress after restoration
Barbora Venclová – Detail of fabric of dress before restoration
Dana Fagová – Punt, copy
Dana Fagová – Punt, original
Ľubomíra Abrahámová – Original and copy of bonnet

Subject of historical textile restoration is taught only on master´s level of study. Its objective is to learn the practice of restoration research and restoration itself, expanding knowledge and skills in the preservation and restoration of historical textiles:

  • preparation of restoration plan referring to the nature of work, scope and causes of damage, evaluation of research and justification of the optimal alternative of restoration procedure
  • preparation of restoration documentation. Within the framework of textile restoration the students are led to individual approach and solution of diverse issues arisen from the assignment. Reversibility of single intervention is important, as well as cooperation and consulting with historians, chemists, restorers, etc.
  • take over, documentation and photographic documentation of restored object
  • preparation of restoration plan, processing of restoration research, evaluation of restoration research and selection of the optimal method of restoration
  • coping with various cleaning procedures: wet process, dry cleaning, cleaning stains
  • in accordance with the assignment – restoration and preservation of  three-dimensional printed fabrics, fine materials and silk fabrics, restoration of carpets and tapestries
  • important part of the subject is studying of the history of textile, old historical techniques and cuts, textile materials and weaves
  • visiting of selected museums and deposits during the study, getting familiar with the issues relating to exhibition, storage and deposition of collection items
  • participation at professional lectures, seminars, exhibitions

The objective of textile restoration in the final year of study is to independently cope with the assignment and complex restoration process. Students are encouraged to individual approach and to solution of various problems. In cooperation with historians –curators of museum collections originals with challenging problems, large format objects or collections and files of collection items are selected for purposes of the final thesis. Restoration research is assessed in relation to the nature of subject, scope and causes of damage, evaluation of research, justification of the optimal option of restoration procedure – development of restoration documentation and implementation of restoration itself. Reversibility of single interventions is important, and also cooperation and consulting with historians, chemists, restorers.