Finding the best conservation method for old silk clothing

Johanna Nilsson is a textile restorer at the Royal Armoury, where historic royal clothing and objects are an important part of the museum’s collections.


Clothes from the 17th Century. Photo: Jens Mohr

Johanna defended her doctoral thesis at the Department of Conservation. In her thesis, she investigated how royal silk clothing that is hundreds of years old can best be conserved.

“An initial step was to find a method for ageing silk so that it resembles 17th century silk, both chemically and physically.”