The North American Textile Conservation Conference is an international forum to share research, theory and practice in the field of textile conservation. NATCC aims to improve the quality of textile conservation through discussion of current practices and research. It does this by organizing biennial conferences and publishing the papers presented there.

NATCC 2021 PROGRAM

OUTSIDE INFLUENCES
13th North American
Textile Conservation Conference
October 4: Recorded Presentations Available
October 25-29: Live Round Table and Q&A Sessions

13th North American Textile Conservation Conference October 2021.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout the thirteenth biennial North American Textile Conservation Conference (NATCC) will now be virtual.

Subjects to be explored in papers include:

POLITICS AND CONSERVATION

TWO KEYNOTES

A Conservation Paradox: Preservation as Patriarchy? / Cybele Tom

Text-ile. The Personal is Political / Restauradoras con Glitter

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

Confronting Hate: Care and Display of Objects Representing the Oppressor / Emma Schmidt

Ethical Flexibility and the Principles of Preserving Genocide Clothing / Julia Brennan, Jackie Peterson Grace

ROUND TABLE SESSION - A CONVERSATION ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION IN MUSEUMS

Speaker: Leslie Guy; Moderators: Caterina Florio, Hector Meneses

GEOGRAPHY

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

Textile Conservation as an Emerging Field In Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities / Kristal Hale, Saiful Bakhri, Sandra Sarjono

From Mexico and France - Approaches for the Conservation Treatment of a Textile from Oaxaca / Léa Voisin, Hector Meneses

The Tillett Tapiz: A Tale of Impact and Intent / Allison McClosky

ROUND TABLE SESSION - PUBLISHING: THREE DIFFERENT APPROACHES

Speakers: Yadin Larochette, Gwen Spicer, Ksynia Marko; Moderator: Gretchen Guidess

GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS & TRAINING

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

The Effects of Textile Conservation on ‘Outside Influences’ / Christina Margariti, Katerina Efthimiou, Christina Prili, Panagiotis Kostaloupis, Amani-Christiana Saint, Vasiliki Dritsa, Maria Koui

Under Pressure: Rediscovering, Treating, and Pressure Mounting the USS Taylor National Ensign / Yoonjo Lee, Karl Knauer, David Krop

Professional Training in Preventive Conservation within the Peruvian Reality / María Ysabel Medina Castro

The Royal Tapestry Factory: Definition and Evolution of a Profession / Verónica García Blanco

ROUND TABLE SESSION - ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS: HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY LIASE WITH CONSERVATION SCIENTISTS

Speakers: Jocelyn Alcántara-García, Jennifer Poulin; Moderator: Joel Thompson

PRESSURES FROM/ON THE WORKPLACE

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

Dismantling Antiquated Practices at the Field Museum: Stakeholders, Challenges and Solutions / Erin Murphy, Nicole Passerotti,  Stephanie Hornbeck

Challenges and Possibilities at the Rui Barbosa Historic House Museum: Preservation of Textile Collections / Gabriela Lúcio de Sousa, Márcia Pinheiro Ferreira

VIRTUAL TOUR

Textile Conservation Lab, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington DC, USA with Maria Fusco and Esther Méthé

ROUND TABLE SESSION - SUSTAINABILITY IN TEXTILE CONSERVATION

Speakers: Roxy Sperber, Suzanne Hargrove, Sarah Nunberg; Moderator: Denise Migdail

INFLUENCES ON TREATMENT

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS

Drawing a Fine Line: Ethical Ramifications in Replacing the Shattered Silk Linings on Two Callot Soeurs Dresses  / Laura Garcia-Vedrenne

The Characterization of Three Conductive Fabrics/Threads Used for Do-it-yourself (DIY) Electronic Textiles / Heather Hodge, Aaron Shugar, Rebecca Ploeger

COMBining Accessories and Costumes: Reproduction of Tortoiseshell Combs for Costume Exhibits / Nhat Quyen Nguyen

Needlefelting as a Solution to Loss in Textiles with Wool Yarn Fringe / Kathleen Martin

ROUND TABLE SESSION - ELECTRONIC TEXTILES

Speakers: Heather Hodge, Lauren Osmond, Despina Papadopoulos, Barbara Layne; Moderator: Sarah Scaturro

Traditional presentations will be 20 minutes long. Short presentations will be 10 minutes longs. Keynotes and the virtual tour will be 40 minutes long. Round table discussions will be 60 minutes long. 

The papers and short presentations will be published in either English or Spanish and distributed via electronic download to all registered attendees. Please email any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit our website for updates at http://natcconference.com

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NATCC must be considered as a mandatory reference for those of us dedicated to textile heritage. It is a forum that promotes exchange and updating through collective reflection.

Renato Camarillo Duque, Mexico
MEXICO CITY / 2017

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