Treatment of a Great Lakes Menominee Ribbonwork Skirt
This object was treated to address stability issues with the silk ribbonwork. As with many decorative silks, these ribbons had severe deterioration problems, particularly in the warp fibers, which were disintegrating. Friction between the wool substrate and the silk and also handling had caused many areas of fracture. In addition the dangling ends of the ribbons on the front seam of the skirt were in very fragile condition.

Treatment involved stabilization of the ribbons locally using a "sandwich" of heat activated low tack adhesive coated stabiltex below, and hand stitched net above the damaged areas. Wrinkles in the black wool were minimized, both to reduce friction with the silk and improve overall appearance for display. Finally the object was mounted on a slant board for extended display.
Julie Parker
Objects Conservator
PO Box 3644 Littleton CO 80161
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