Caring for textiles:
- Store them in an environment where you are comfortable being. Basements can be damp and lead to mold.
- Box or roll and cover textiles to prevent damage from dust and light. Inspect regularly for insects.
- Display dyed textiles away from direct light to minimize fading.
- Hang historic clothing on well-padded hangers and cover with plain cotton.
- Do not fold if you don’t have to. If you have to, pad folds with tissue. Your choice of tissue depends on the fiber content of the textile: for wool, silk, fur, and other protein fibers or when fiber content is mixed or unknown, use acid free (unbuffered or neutral, pH 6-7); for cotton, linen, jute, flax, bast and other cellulose fibers, use buffered (pH 7-9.5).
For more information:
The Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford Museum
Extensive resources on the preservation and care of antique textiles and costumes by Mary M. Fahey, Chief Conservator