Diagnostic analysis using endoscopic and microscopic investigation techniques applied in conservation-restoration of a 19th century handbag from the Ethnographic Museum in Dubrovnik

Author: Viktorija Pilon
Mentors: Danijela Jemo, PhD, Assistant Professor; Mateo Miguel Kodrič Kesovia, Research Assistant

Institution: Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Programme of Conservation-Restoration, 5th year of study
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of textiles

The 19th century handbag from the Ethnographic museum in Dubrovnik is composed of various materials. It is a part of an ethnographic costume from the Dubrovnik Littoral area (Dubrovačko primorje) dated around the second half of the 19th century. Given the fact that the handbag is composed of multiple layers of different materials it is necessary to determine the characteristics of each of those materials in order to treat them in a suitable manner. The theme of this oral presentation will be the documenting the original construction of the object and the type of textile materials and fibers that they were made of. Different methods will be used to give an insight into data collecting and different analyses that are used when documenting an object during the conservation-restoration process. More specifically, methods using digital photographs, endoscope, DinoLite digital stereomicroscope, and optical microscope will be presented together with photographs and results gathered from the object.

Speaker's biography
VIKTORIJA PILON was born in Požega, November 29th 1998. She graduated from the Natural sciences – mathematics Gymnasium in Požega in 2017. In 2020 she graduated with a Bachelor Degree from Undergraduate Study of Conservation and Restoration at the University of Dubrovnik and enrolled in a Graduate Study continuing her education in the field of textile conservation-restoration. She participated in several projects such as Modifying mannequins for ethnographic costume project that was organized by the Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik. She attended the ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group Interim Meeting at Abegg-Stiftung in Riggisberg, Switzerland, 2019.