I happened to be watching Nova: ScienceNow on PBS this evening and was captivated by the story about a project to photograph one of the unicorn tapestries from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the problems that they encountered. After doing a quick search on Google, I found this article from The New Yorker which presents the story in much more detail.
I love how it demonstrates just how resilient natural fibers can be.
Thanks for the link to the article. Absolutely fascinating info therein. I’d love to be able to watch some of the restoration work. It would be neat if the wet lab had observation decks a la operating theaters so the masses could watch some of the work.
Yes, I’d love to see a wet lab. Antiques Road Show recently showed one at another museum and discussed how they match colors and clean textiles.
I wonder how one goes about getting a job restoring textiles.