Today we were wet cleaning and repairing a variety of textiles - learning supportive ways of handling textiles, which are most fragile when the are wet.
One of the students with Harold Mailand, our instructor, wet cleaning a woven and embroidered cotton bag from India..
After washing in Orvus paste - a very gentle detergent - these piece were put outside at mid-day to "solar bleach". In only an hour there were already changes; in two they were quite beautiful - bright and stain free. As soon as the whites were clear, the pieces came out of the sun so that the colours wouldn't fade.