Textile conservation of four archaeological fabrics from the medieval collections of the Sudan National Museum, Khartoum.
The idea of an exhibition about archaeological textiles was planned from the very beginning of the project. Because of her knowledge and great experience with archaeological textiles from Sudan and Egypt, I asked Barbara Czaja for collaboration in the planning and setting of the exhibition.
During our first study visit in the Sudan National Museum in February 2017, Barbara carefully examined the medieval textiles in the Museum’s storerooms. She selected four pieces which were in a condition which allow their transport into an external workshop to be conserved, because of the lack of a textile conservation department within the Museum.
The selected pieces were three textiles from Meinarti: KH 15601, KH 19129 and KH 18135 as well as a pair of woollen socks, KH 18868, found in a Christian burial in Semna South, excavated by a mission of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.
Thanks to the help of our coordinator Mustafa Ahmed Elsharif Abdalla, we were ensured of the transport permit for the four textiles and we travelled with these precious fabrics to Warsaw and then to Barbara’s workshop.
The exhibition Hidden Textile Treasures in the collections of the Sudan National Museum (inaugurated on October 24th, 2019) was prepared in cooperation with the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, the Sudan National Museum and the SFDAS.
The conservation of these four exceptional textiles was possible thanks to the generous funding of the National Science Centre, Poland, in the frame of the POLONEZ grant.