Canadian Conservation Institute - Care of Textiles Webinar

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 – Thursday, February 25, 2021

Event location: Online via Zoom

February 23-25, 2021, 3:30-5:00AST


This virtual training event is a 3 part online introduction to the care of costumes and textiles commonly found in Canadian Collections. Fundamental information about fibres, structures and manufacturing processes that affect the long term stability of textiles is provided. Both inherent and environmental agents of deterioration and typical signs of damage are described. A wide range of preventive conservation topics specifically related to textiles is explored. Basic conservation interventions are presented, and issues in ethical decision making are addressed.

Each webinar will last 1.5 hours and will include a small amount of intersession work before each webinar. Information will be delivered through a variety of methods, including presentations, videos, discussion periods, and readings. An electronic copy of the Care of Textiles Participant Manual will be provide to participants in advance. The webinars will cover much of the in depth information given in the two-day in person CCI workshop, Care of Textiles, however they will not include the hands-on components of the workshop. Attendance at all three webinars is mandatory.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

              Understand the composition and properties of fibres and structures and how they, in combination with different manufacturing
              processes, affect the long term stability of textiles

              Recognize agents of deterioration and understand how they degrade textiles

              Carry out safe handling and documentation procedures for textiles

              Implement preventative conservation proceedures for textiles


Composition and Identification
Natural and manmade fibres, basic fabric structures and manufacturing processes that affect the long term stability of textiles.

Deterioration and Damage
Environmental agents of deterioration such as light (including ultraviolet radiation), soils, relative humidity, temperature, acidic materials, pollutants, mechanical wear from original use and subsequent poor handling, and inappropriate storage and display materials,. Inherent agents of deterioration such as dyes, bleaches and finishes. Typical signs of damage.

Handling, examination and documentation
Proper handling procedures for flat textiles, historic costumes, costume accessories and oversized textiles. Examination procedures and condition reports. Labelling textiles and applying accession numbers.

Preventive conservation
Preventive conservation topics including light, environmental conditions, maintenance, security, fire protection, storage, display, safe materials, packing and transit, pest management, and disaster preparedness and response. Specific procedures for preservation of textiles, where possible.

Basic conservation interventions, including safe methods of surface cleaning, stitching for simple repairs, mounting small, light flat textiles and hanging textiles using Velcro brand support system. Issues in ethical decision making.

Language: English (manual is available in both official languages).

Special requirements:

Distance presentation

Attendees must have

Computer with an active internet connection and web browser
Any plug-in necessary to access videoconferencing service
Microphone and speakers (internally in computer or external)
A word processing application capable of opening an Open office document (docx) file and PDF files.

Registration: Register Online