Caring for textiles

In May 2010 we have had our textile collection fumigated and now it is being condition-reported and carefully placed in these delicious new textile cabinets. It is a privilege to have safe storage for these fragile collection items: as you can see the cabinets are just luscious.

Textile storage cabinets

The second photo is of Ena Baker’s bridal veil and wedding dress. Ena and her husband Livingston Baker were married on June 11, 1953. She looked an absolute picture in this gorgeous frock with the long floating veil. Ena and Livingston were very active in the Patea Historical Society and founding trustees of the museum that is now Aotea Utanganui – Museum of South Taranaki.

It is lovely to have her wedding dress in the collection and now, to be able to store it safely and give it the best care for posterity.

This is an edited version of a post which appeared on our original blog in May 2010.

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