The Regional Alliance for Preservation provides information and resources on preservation and conservation for cultural institutions and the public throughout the United States.
The Textile Conservation Workshop (TCW) was founded in 1978 to act as a conservation resource for museums, historical agencies and private individuals. Specializing solely in the conservation of textiles, TCW applies the science of conservation and fine craftsmanship to the care and restoration of every type of textile artifact. Organized under the not-for-profit corporation law of New York State, the Workshop carries out training of interns, pro-bono conservation work, and outreach services. Non-hierarchical, our 10 member staff functions in a cooperative environment and does not adhere to rigid, structured job descriptions.
For 32 years, the TCW has provided one of the few sites in which textile conservation apprentices can become immersed in and learn to apply the collective aesthetic and technical knowledge of experienced conservators. In response to the field-wide demand for training, an internship was devised which grew into a formal program with a syllabus, reading list and culminating project. For the last 28 years this master-apprenticeship has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, and TCW trained apprentices have taken their places in museum labs and regional centers, as well as private practice, throughout the United States, providing services for collections in historical agencies and museum collections.
Treated objects include: archaeological and ethnographic textiles, needlework, laces, quilts, coverlets, samplers, tapestries, flags, banners, costumes and accessories, rugs, ethnic and ecclesiastical textiles, Judaica, antique household and domestic textiles, European and Asian texiles, thangkas, political memorabilia, 18th, 19th and mid-century modern upholstery.
The Textile Conservation Workshop offers consultation services, as well as lectures and workshops on textile conservation and collections management.
Textile Conservation Workshop
3 Main Street
South Salem, NY 10590
Contact: Patsy Orlofsky, Director
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 - 5:00
Visits are by appointment