Academic thesis

Caroline Göllner: Two 18th century, pleated black bourgeois bonnets from the Tyrolean Regional Heritage Museum, Innsbruck Historical and technological examination, condition assessment and discussion of measures for the stabilisation and protection of the silk gauze fabric Back
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Abstract: This thesis focuses on two 18th century, black pleated bourgeois bonnets originating from the region of Bozen (South Tyrol). Their stylistic classification within costume history is based on contemporary portraits and a comparative example. Furthermore, an insight into the silk production in South Tyrol at the end of the 18th century is given. The technological examination and condition assessment of the bonnets provide answers to questions concerning their material composition and tailoring as well as the causes of the present damage, which can be attributed to the materials used and the manufacturing process. The practical part of this thesis elaborates suitable measures for the conservation of the black silk gauze with its protein-containing coating. Here, a local insertion of monofilaments as bridges is proposed for stabilisation and the efficacy of this technique is demonstrated through its practical application on one of the bonnets.


Keywords: Bourgois bonnet, silk gauze, coating, stitching repair
  • academic institution: Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gabriela Krist
  • assistant Tutor:  -
  • date:  2020
  • Language:  German

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