Individuals wanting to know how to take care of clothing and textile artifacts can consult many documents online and in print. Online resources are plenty but should be considered with caution. We recommend the Canadian Conservation Institute’s website as they address how to care for a variety of objects from quilts and carpets to leather and skin objects. A variety of other medium from paper, metal, and glass is also discussed and can be useful as these are often found in attire. The link to textiles can be found at http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/caringfor-prendresoindes/resources-ressources-eng.aspx?ident=21.
For individuals who may want further information on conservation of clothing the Costume Society of America’s Bookstore/Amazon page has a wide array of publications by its members, including professional conservators. To access the Costume Society of America’s link, log on to http://www.costumesocietyamerica.com/Bookstore/index.html.
For basic storage and display, we recommend the following:
Your Vintage Keepsake: A CSA Guide to Costume Storage and Display by Margaret T. Ordonez (about $9.95 USD)
Preserving Textiles: A Guide for the Nonspecialist by Harold F. Mailand and Dorothy Stites Alig.
Below are examples of how clothing and textiles are stored in our collection.