Video still taken from a series of videos documenting the conservation of a Spanish Colonial table cover at the Denver Art Museum. This image shows a textile conservator repairing the tapestry.

Conserving a Spanish Colonial Table Cover (Videos)

In preparation for Creative Crossroads: The Art of Tapestry (now closed), the museum’s staff have been working on a Spanish Colonial table cover in PreVIEW (a behind-the-scenes visible staging area in our textile art gallery).

Curators have examined it and explored its history, and textile art conservators have been testing and repairing the tapestry. Follow this series of blogs to track their progress.

PreVIEW is funded with generous support from the William H. Donner Foundation. Conservation of textile art at the Denver Art Museum is generously supported through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Image credit: Table Cover, Peru, mid 1700s. Wool and camelid fiber. Neusteter Textile Collection: Neusteter Institute Fund, 1970.347

Video 1 of 4: Clues about the Creation and Use

Curators Alice Zrebeic and Donna Pierce examine the table cover and discuss its design, function, and its place in Spanish Colonial history.

Video 2 of 4: Discovering Symbols and Motifs

Curators Alice Zrebeic and Donna Pierce look closely at the tapestry to discover the various symbols within its woven imagery.

Video 3 of 4: A Plan for Repair

Textile conservator Allison McCloskey assesses the table cover for damage and comes up with a plan for repair.

Video 4 of 4: Cleaning & Stabilizing

In this video, conservators clean and stabilize the tapestry.

Stefania Van Dyke is the interpretive specialist, textile art and special projects. Her favorite email subject line during the course of planning Star Wars and the Power of Costume was “Missing Dianoga.”