Practice to build a bridge between the past and future of textile

Textile and Fashion Design Department of Nişantaşı University held a conference titled ‘Restoration and Conservation of Ethnographic Textiles’. Guest speaker of the conference was Dr. Ragsana Hasanova, Specialist in Restoration and Conservation Department of Beylerbeyi Sabancı Advanced Technical School for Girls. Dr. Ragsana Hasanova informed the students about conservation, maintenance and restoration of historical textiles, and provided the students a practical training about restoration of damaged old textile samples, accompanied by three specialist conservators after the conference.

Dr. Nursen Geyik Değerli, Head of Textile and Fashion Design Department, Prof. Dr. Hülya Tezcan, Lecturer Dilek Akdemir, Lecturer Bahar Yıldız, Head of Textile and Fashion Design Program of Vocational School, and the students participated in the event. Dr. Nursen Geyik Değerli explained, “We have a precious textile heritage in an exclusive geography. As lecturers in Textile and Fashion Design Departments of Nişantaşı University, we have provided a practical training in order to inform and make them our students conscious about restoration and conservation of ethnographic textile products. In this sense, we have cooperated with specialists in Beylerbeyi Sabancı Advanced Technical School for Girls which has one of the unique restoration and conservation laboratories in Turkey. We are building a bridge between the past and future of the textile thanks to such kind of lessons.”


Conservator Dr. Ragsana Hasanova, Specialist in Restoration and Conservation Department of Beylerbeyi Sabancı Advanced Technical School for Girls stated they make efforts to avoid natural aging and deformations of textile goods, and added, “Our cultural heritage consists of organic and inorganic works. Textile goods included in organic works cover a huge amount of historical and cultural collections. However, these works are exposed to the biggest damages. Textile goods are facing physical, chemical and biological deformations. We observe spotting, tear and missing pieces on these works and try to avoid their natural aging and deformation processes.”


Dr. Ragsana Hasanova stated they examine the works through microscopes. And added, “We determine the raw material of the works afterwards. We examine fiber structure and detect which deformations they are exposed to through scientific analyses. We design our route map accordingly. We provide our suggestions about the applications we wish to do on the relevant work regarding its restoration and conservation. Firstly, we clean the surface with some special applications while restoring the work. There are many inlaid textile products in Turkey. Fiber structures of these textiles are raveled. We strengthen them with strings obtained from silk. We conserve the works in special boxes. We also perform our routine checks once six months”.


Dr. Ragsana Hasanova stated that restoration and conservation treatments varied in accordance with deformation type, material of the work and its period, and said, “There textile products with different fiber structures or materials. For that reason, our methods are constantly changing”.

Release date: 30.12.2019