Dyeing of a new silk fabric: choosing the appropriate color tone that matches damaged historical textile

simetic posterAuthor: Sara Šimetić
Mentors: Danijela Jemo, PhD, Assistant Professor; Mateo Miguel Kodrič Kesovia, Research Assistant

Art and Restoration Department, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master’s Programme of Study in Conservation-Restoration
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of textiles (2nd year of study)

The poster presents the process of dyeing a new silk support that will be used to reinforce and secure damaged areas on a 19th century chasuble. The original historic fabric consists of red silk warp and purple cotton weft which represents a special challenge in finding the suitable colour tone for the new support fabric. Various recipes for dyeing had to be tested and the whole process was documented in detail so that the same results can be achieved when dyeing a larger quantity of fabric. After the completion of the conservation-restoration treatment, the object will become a didactic example of various methods used within the textile conservation-restoration specialization.

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SIMETIC Sara mShort biography
SARA ŠIMETIĆ was born in Vinkovci on November 8th 1996. She graduated from the School of Applied Arts and Design in Osijek in 2015. In 2020 she graduated with a Bachelor Degree from the undergraduate program of study in Conservation-Restoration at the University of Dubrovnik and continued her education in the field of textile conservation-restoration. In 2019 she attended the ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group Interim Meeting at the Abegg Stiftung in Riggisberg, Switzerland.