Ancient Laundry: Podcast

Doublecloth Textile Fragments with Human Figures, Llamas, and Stepped Pattern
Late Intermediate Period, ca 1100 –1470 AD
Cotton and Camelid Fibers

CONSERVATION LINKING ARTS AND SCIENCE

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With supervision from contract conservator of textiles Patricia Ewer, student interns Rebecca Levitan EC'13 and Arden Davis GSU'12, bathed fragments of an Andean doublecloth. This podcast explains the chemistry and function of the surfactant used to remove dirt and staining from the ancient textiles.