Washing badly degraded silk flags from the India Office collections
Royal East India Volunteer Colours - PDP/F.1068 and PDP/F.1068
The fragmentary silk was sandwiched between Reemay® 19gsm for support and filtration purposes during wet cleaning. The Reemay® was kept in place during drying which encouraged the flags to dry perfectly flat.
Washing was a great success with a lot of help from other British Library conservation team members and textile conservators Mika Takami and Eveliina Ojanne from Hampton Court Palace.
Liz Rose, Textile Conservator