Karolina Ślusarczyk

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The issues of conservation of Burgundy embroidery on the example of the liturgical cope hood from the collection of the National Museum in Poznań Ni MNP Rw 504

The hood together with the entire cope from the National Museum in Poznań is one of the most beautiful examples of or nué embroidery in Poland. Exploring the history of this embroidery technique, admiration of the few similar historical treasures in Poland, and finally, so close and long-lasting opportunity to study such a sophisticated piece during conservation treatments was a wonderful experience.

Under my theoretical dissertation I made eleven models of medieval passementerie in 30 : 1 and 15 : 1 scale; it was an extraordinary and instructive experience, both during examination of original pieces and later, during implementation of such an extensive project. The original trimmings are 3 mm to 1 cm in width, which did not make this task easy. It required a great deal of patience and conscientiousness, there were also moments of doubt and minor mistakes, which had to be overcome at particular stages of work. The second part of my piece, titled Models of medieval braided passementeries from liturgical vestments from the BVM church in Gdańsk,completed under the research project Interdisciplinary research study of the collection of 192 medieval liturgical paraments from the BVM church in Gdańsk, now in the collection of the National Museum in Gdańsk, with a particular focus on technological and technical researchfunded by the National Science Centre (No. 2013/09/B/HS2/01197), implemented by the Chair of Conservation and Restoration of Historic Textiles at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

(born 1990)

Studied at the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the years 2009-2015. Works in conservation of historic fabrics, research on historic passementerie and reconstruction of historic trimmings.