Since 1993, R.T. Restauro Tessile has been a working group dealing with the restoration and preservation of antique textiles, costumes, ecclesiastical vestments, embroidery, upholstery and tapestries. It provides maintenance services and expertise about textiles technical analysis and storage methods
The staff is composed of female workers with a specific training in the study and preservation of cultural, artistic and archaeological heritage.
The techniques and methods applied to the restoration meet the criteria of reversibility, minimal intrusion and compliance with any historical, artistic and tailoring elements of the original work.
Since its inception, R.T. Restauro Tessile has been committed to the continuous development and evolution of new and specific techniques and conservation technologies. The group actively promotes training and avail of the contribution of foremost experts, technicians and art historians in the field of textile restoration.
Its major clients include The Institute of The Art, Culture and Nature of Emilia-Romagna, the Department responsible ("Superintendency") for Historical, Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological Heritage, Civic Museums, Diocesan Museums and Museums of Costume and Renaissance in Emilia-Romagna and Northern Italy as well as several private collectors in Italy and abroad.
Through its work with private collectors, the R.T. laboratory has acquired a specific expertise in the restoration of archaeological textiles, of the Middle-Ages Islamic clothing of Central Asia and Ottoman velvet panels.
Textiles restored by our laboratory are exhibited in the following Museums and private collections: The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York , USA Rubin Museum of Art . New York, USA Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Los Angeles, USA. Private collections : U.S.A., Europe, Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan.
R.T. Restauro Tessile has worked for some months at the tapestry restoration laboratory of the Quirinal Palace (the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic) and has also participated in canonical research and discovery, working on the preservation of revered ecclesiastical textiles discovered in sacred burial sites.
The laboratory has attended several Study conferences and Cultural weeks promoted by the "Superintendencies"; moreover, it participates in the CEI inventory of the Reggio Emilia Diocese for the cataloguing of ecclesiastical goods.