Jewish Museum in Prague

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Textile Restoration Workshop

 

restorers: Helena Votočková, Veronika Nauschová

The Museum's textile restoration is where selected objects from the textile collection are restored and conserved. The measures carried out here can essentially be divided into two areas: restoration of objects selected for presentation in displays (the Museum's permanent exhibitions, local and foreign exhibitions) and restoration of selected collection groups focused on preserving the rarest examples of historical synagogue textiles. Recently, for example, a large group of textile finds from the genizot of synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia has been treated in this way. The main task of the restoration experts, however, is to ensure that the Museum's extensive textile collection is looked after with systematic care; this involves protecting objects from damage and, above all, providing for their suitable storage in the Museum's depositories.

The textile workshop is divided into three sections - laboratory, study and office. The laboratory is used for cleaning objects both with and without chemicals, for all preparatory work prior to restoration (e.g. examining textiles under a microscope) and for arranging and dyeing materials for restoration. It is equipped with a fume cupboard above a special cleaning bath that is designed for work with chemicals. The study is where the actual conservation and restoration of objects takes place and photo-documentation of larger objects may be carried out. The office is used for writing up restoration reports and also serves as storage space and a depository. It is important that these areas are so spacious in view of the need for handling textiles that are often very large and, at the same time, very fragile. In the course of looking after the textile collection, the Museum's restoration staff collaborate with many external restoration specialists and other experts, as well as attending specialist courses and completing study trips abroad.

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