Who We Are

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. Members focus on a wide range of subjects, materials research and anaylsis, case studies, techniques, costume, tapestery and upholstery conservation, and archaelogical and ethnographic issues.

Formed in 1982, the group now has more than 350 members.

What We Do

Annual Meeting

Specialty groups coordinate specialty programming for AIC’s Annual Meeting. Programming sometimes corresponds with overall meeting theme, sometimes concentrates on a special theme and frequently includes collaborative efforts with other specialty groups. Topics covered include collections management, treatments, updates on research, disaster recovery, research and analysis, case studies, techniques, and other issues. The program is usually a full day or more of paper presentations, panel discussions, tips sessions, workshops, as well as a business meeting and social events. Program content is then sometimes assembled into publications and resources.


Specialty groups maintain listservs, which are valuable forums where colleagues with similar interests and experience can share and exchange ideas and practical information, facilitate open discussion, disseminate group-related news, questions, job postings, announcements, comments of interest, and general information. Listservs are closed lists. Subscription to them is benefit of membership in the specialty group. All new members of the group are automatically subscribed to the list. To unsubscribe, contact the listserv moderator. All messages are archived and are searchable.

Publications and Resources

Specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, typically though not always a collection of concepts presented at the AIC's Annual Meeting turned into long-form articles. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments. They also produce publications and resources that range from catalogs of conservation treatments and techniques, to conservation wikis, and to various special topic publications and resources. Electronic and print versions of past and current publications are usually available in the store, either free or for a fee.


Specialty groups sometimes give out awards to their members for outstanding contributions to the field of conservation for the specialty.

Grants and Scholarships

Some specialty groups offer grants or scholarships to their members or those interested in working on projects related to the specialty area. The Textile Specialty Group has created a scholarship to help defray costs to present at a TSG session at the AIC Annual Meeting, for research that is planned to be presented at the AIC Annual Meeting or published in JAIC, or to support attendance to an FAIC professional development workshop.

Comité Nacional de Conservacion Textil (CNCT)

The Comité Nacional de Conservacion Textil (CNCT), established in 1987, is a group of diverse professionals linked to conservation and the investigation of Chilean textiles. Some of the committee's objectives are promoting the conservation of Chilean archaeological, ethnographic, and historic textile collections; encouraging the study and investigation of Chilean textile patrimony; supporting the training of committee members in Chile and abroad; and establishing institutional bonds with domestic and international agencies through membership and academic/professional activities. The Textile Specialty Group has sponsored reciprocal membership with the CNCT since 1998. To Learn More about the CNCT, please visit www.cnct.cl.

How We Work

Each specialty group is managed by officers who guide the group based on its adopted Rules of Order.

How to Join

For more information on dues and how to join this group, go to Membership.