Before treatment (detail)
08 / 2021
This small cushion originated in Palestine (date unknown) and is a beautiful example of traditional geometric Palestinian embroidery. However, after years of use, the silk warps had degraded, not helped by the added strain put on the fabric by the stuffing inside the cushion. This had led to extensive splitting around the embroidery.
As a way of simultaneously supporting the embroidered section, reducing the strain on the outer fabric from the cushion insert, and visually infilling the damaged areas, a piece of silk habotai was dyed to colour match the cushion fabric. This was then inserted, using guide threads to carefully slide it under the damaged section, and secured around the edge. After re-aligning the loose threads, laid couching stitches were used to secure these to the support fabric.