PS it is 'Southampton'.
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From: "Caroline Tully" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2008 2:11 AM
Subject: [BRITARCH] Archaeological Textiles
> Hi, may I ask listers if and where they have studied archaeologcal
> textiles? I've got a textile background, work as a professional tapestry
> weaver, and also am in the midst of a Postgraduate Diploma in Classics and
> Archaeology. I recently looked into a Cultural Materials Conservation
> course here in Australia, and we were discussing the conservation of
> archaeological textiles and the course coordinator mentioned a course in
> South Hampton, UK, that was *the* place for textile conservation, but she
> said it has recently closed and she thought that this showed that it must
> be quite difficult to run an entire course on textiles(?). I'm just having
> difficulty working out whether I should go down the conservation 'path' or
> stay in archaeology and look at some sort of textile topic and let others
> do the conserving. Does one usually have more of a conservation or an
> archaeological background for textiles? Our Uni teaches these quite
> separately - conservation is not in the archaeology curriculum, its in its
> own department and is quite art focussed.
> ~Caroline Tully.
>>>No, mordants are metallic salts used to fix the dye to the fibre when
>>>using adjective dyes such as madder and weld. Those used in ancient and
>>>medieval dyeing were mainly alum and copper used before dyeing and iron
>>>used after. Salt was, and is, usually used as an assistant to enhance
>>>the colour and aid the efficiency of the mordant, reducing the quantity
>>>of expensive mordant needed.