Currently on at the Pitt Rivers Museum is the 'Preserving What is Valued' case display and museum trail. It demonstrates how people from all parts of the world repair their material culture. Conservators study objects in great detail and part of their role is to determine at what stage a repair has been made. If the repair was made by the originating community while it was still in use this provides an additional level of information and can give the object a deeper resonance. Identifying an original repair can raise questions that make us think about the object's history differently.
|Gourd vessel decoratively repaired using beads © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|'A Mother's Work' - Repair commission for private client © Tom of Holland|
The second technique taught was the classic stocking darn, using a darning mushroom. It creates a woven patch that is integrated with the knit fabric, and is a good way to repair holes. Of course this is best known for sock repairs.
|Repaired muslin handkerchief © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Comb repaired with a riveted metal strip © Pitt Rivers Museum|
The Preserving What is Valued case display and museum trail at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, 29 June - 3 January 2016. For more information click here.