Most historic textiles are made of organic
fibers including wool, cotton,
linen, and silk. Modern textiles are made of natural and synthetic
fibers such as nylon and polyester.
Antique silk from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries must
be handled very carefully. The
silk may be chemically unstable due to a process called "weighting."
Metallic salts were added to the silk in order to add weight
and body to the fabric because the fabric was sold by weight
not length. The addition of the metallic salts accelerated the
degradation of weighted silk leaving it brittle and fraying.
Textiles can be made using many different
technologies such as weaving, knitting,
and stitching. They can be decorated using embroidery, appliqué,
beading, and dying.
Textiles objects include:
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