Academic thesis

Elisabeth Delvai: Medieval fabric fragments from the collection of the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz, Austria. Technological analysis and conservation. Back
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Abstract: As the focus of this diploma thesis a total of nine fragments of two different 14th-century Italian
silk fabrics were examined from the aspect of conservation science. A study of Medieval silk
weaving and liturgical vestments placed the objects within their historic/cultural context.
Furthermore, the significance of the fragments in a museum context was considered.
Comprehensive technological examination and condition assessment of the two lampasweave
pieces indicated the probable original uses of the fabrics. Research into the
techniques for producing the metallic threads, especially the gilt membrane threads used in
the weaving; attempts at reconstruction as well as test series for appropriate cleaning
methods will be undertaken. The conservation and the construction of individual support
boards will enable optimal preparations for future display or storage of the fragments.


Keywords: Lampas-weavings, textile fragments, chasuble, gilt-membrane-threads, mounting
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2017
  • Language:  German

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