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Subject: Perspiration stains on silk

Perspiration stains on silk

From: Christine Smith <chahana_art<-at->
Date: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Rod Stewart <rod [at] historicplaster__com> writes

Regina Hollinger <regina.hoellinger [at] gmx__net> writes

>>... A main focus in
>>conservation is the degraded silk fabric in the underarm areas
>>because of perspiration stains. Due to the degrading effect on the
>>silk fibre I would like to remove or reduce the perspiration
>>residues, if possible. Has somebody experience in removing
>>perspiration stains on silk without complete wet cleaning of the
>>object? I have not found much literature to this topic during my
>The masters all things silk seem to be the Japanese. We know that
>silk kimonos have always been cleaned using funori, a polysaccharide
>starch derived from a seaweed harvested off the coasts of Japan and

A crucial difference in cleaning techniques and results for silk
kimonos versus silk dresses might be that at least one under-robe is
worn beneath a kimono.

Christine Smith
Chahana Arts

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Received on Sunday, 20 January, 2013

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