Events

INSIDE OUT: Evening Reception with the Curator

November 5, 2015




HOW TO CONSERVE YOUR HEIRLOOM COSTUME AND QUILTS

September 16, 2014


Sally Conant with Babs White
The Darien Historical Society welcomed Sally Conant, Ph D. for a talk about caring for textiles. A former museum professtional, Dr. Conant founded and operates Orange Restoration Labs, the largest gown preservation service in New England. She frequently serves as a consultant to museums and historical societies. 

Dr. Conant discussed how to display your treasured textiles in your home, basic and advanced methods to care for stains, some quick fixes to stains (water, club soda, baking soda, cornstarch, salt, baby powder, baby wipes, lighter fluid, white-out, shoe polish) and the best available wet cleaning aids for deep cleanings. She presented the proper storage options for clothing and the best long-term storage choices for linens, lace, and quilts including proper acid-free storage materials and whether to store flat or rolled.

See Sources tab for a useful list of archival materials.