Image: Consolidating fragile tassles on a Maori cloak

Consolidating fragile tassles on a Maori cloak

Conservator Tanja Bernd applies an alginate based consolidant to plant fibre tassles on a Maori cloak.  The tassles have become brittle and dessicated as a result of a chemical reaction between the environment and the dye used to colour them. Consolidation will prevent further loss of fibres by binding them together.

Photographer:
Carl Bento
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© Australian Museum

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