Textile conservators are professionals who work to stabilize and care for textile objects in an effort to preserve them for future generations. Textile objects include carpets, tapestries, clothing, upholstered furniture, fiber art, and more; they range from archeological fragments to contemporary works. The care and preservation of textile objects combines unique skills gained through advanced training and ongoing study in art history, science, studio art, and related disciplines. Conservation work can include: preventative conservation, interventive treatments, examination, documentation, and materials analysis. Textile conservators consider artist’s intentions and the object’s history of use as they work to protect textiles from inherent vice, environmental hazards, and natural disasters. Conservators work in museums, other cultural institutions, research labs, and in private practice.

Formed in 1982, the purpose of the Textile Specialty Group is to support the professional development of textile conservators. The group includes conservators working at museums, in private practice, universities, regional centers, and training programs and provide a valuable professional network for textile conservation.
 

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Annual Meeting

The Textile Specialty Group presents sessions and holds its annual business meeting each year at the AIC Annual Meeting. Information on TSG's activities at upcoming and past meetings is available here.

Photo by Museum Textile Services. Courtesy of private client.

Publications

Learn more about resources produced by the Textile Specialty Group, including the Textile Specialty Group Postprints, a non-juried publication that includes the abstracts and fully-developed papers based on presentations from each AIC Annual Meeting.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hein.

Resources

The Textile Specialty Group offers scholarships of up to $1,500 annually to support its members in disseminating scholarly research and participating in professional development opportunities. TSG also gives out an annual achievement award for outstanding contributions to the field of textile conservation by an individual or entity.

Comité Nacional de Conservación Textil (CNCT)

The Comité Nacional de Conservación Textil (CNCT), based in Chile, is a sister organization of the Textile Specialty Group. Click here to learn more about the CNCT and its relationship with TSG.