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Questionnaire on barkcloth conservation

From: Anne Claire de Poulpiquet <acpoulpiquet<-at->
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009
This is a questionnaire regarding barkcloth conservation, related to
a Masters dissertation on a Hawaiian tapa, from the Quai Branly
Museum. This dissertation is at the National Institute for Heritage,
France <URL:>

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The purpose of this following questionnaire is to determine current
barkcloth conservation practices and the ideas behind the approaches
taken. Respondent confidentiality is assured. Institutions or
individuals will not be referred to in the evaluation of the
questionnaire results.

Question 1. How would you define the term "tapa"? According to you,
what does it refer to? How would you define barkcloth? Barkpaper?

Question 6. Are you conservator of:

    Others. Specify:

Question 8. What are the most common barkcloth deterioration you

    Structural problems
    Chemical and physical problems
    Instability of the material
    Instability from the technique applied on the object
    Previous conservation conditions
    Previous restorations?

Specify the degree of influence of each determining factor by
selecting responses from 1 to 6 (1 being the most common).Specify
the geographical zone of production of barkcloth on which you based
your observations.

Question 9. Which equipment / materials and application methods do
you use to conserve barkcloth?

    With methods from the Textiles Conservation field
    With methods from the Paper Conservation field
    With methods from the Ethnology Conservation field
    Others. Specify:

Specify what those methods are, and how you apply them:

Question 11. Would you consider conservation treatments on barkcloth
with humidity and / or solvents?

Specify why, with further details from your experience:

Question 12. Do you find interesting to adapt   on objects showing a
high level of acidity   deacidification treatments from the field of
paper conservation?


Specify why:

Question 13. Have you already practised a deacidification treatment
on barkcloth? Specify what happened and your conclusions.

Question 14. What are the materials that you use for consolidating?

Question 15. More precisely, what are the adhesives you would use
for backing / tear repair on barkcloth? Explain why.

Question 16. What are the materials you would employ for repairs /
filling voids on a barkcloth?

    Japanese papers
    Textile muslin
    Synthetic materials
    Others. Specify:
    You do not fill voids on barkcloth

How do you use them? What are the reasons for your choice?

Please feel free to make any comments

Anne Claire de Poulpiquet
Institut National du Patrimoine
150, avenue du President Wilson
93210 Saint Denis La Plaine
+33 0 6 63 51 66 42

                  Conservation DistList Instance 23:15
                 Distributed: Friday, October 30, 2009
                       Message Id: cdl-23-15-019
Received on Sunday, 25 October, 2009

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