A new video from Historic Royal Palaces is making the rounds on social media (assuming your connections include a group of fashion historians). The “February” tapestry, a 17th-century object that is on permanent display in the Kensington Palace privy chamber, is washed in a custom tub at Hampton Court Palace. Having done a small amount of of textile washing in labs during grad school, I was fascinated to see this process on a larger scale. Below are links to the aforementioned video, as well as two others, one of the Met’s restoration of the Burgos tapestry, and an overview of the conservation practices used for objects in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Tapestry Room.
Image credit: hrp.org.uk