CONSTRUCTION: Red, cream and blue colored silk is pieced to form ground fabric. Central cream colored silk appliqué with silk and metallic embroidery. Silk cord fringe at three sides; sleeve at left. Double sided.
DIMENSIONS: W 46 ¾ x H 39 inches, including fringe.
CONDITION: Heavy overall dirt. The silk is weak and almost entirely shredded. The fringe is detached in areas. The fringe length is shorter than the length of the three sides it covers, preventing the flag from laying flat.
Covered with polyester screen and vacuumed both sides.
Supported on nylon netting and immersed in heptane dry cleaning bath. Placed on washed cotton flannelette to blot. Air dried.
Humidified and blocked as flat as possible.
The stitching holding the fringe in place at the far corners was cut, to allow better blocking, although the flag still does not lie completely flat. The released fabric was smoothed out under the fringe and pinned in place during the final mounting. The detached fringe could not be restitched to the flag due to weakness of the ground silk fabric. It was, instead, pinned in place during the final mounting.
Lain on washed, gold colored cotton (the show fabric of the final mounting). Shattered maroon silk covered with washed maroon colored nylon netting and stitched to underlying show fabric. Shattered cream colored silk covered with washed cream colored nylon netting and stitched to underlying show fabric.
When fully blocked flat, the far corners of the flag extend beyond fringe. These extensions were covered with triangles cut from the show fabric (matching warp and weft directions) using pins.
3-D backboard made from aluminum honeycomb panel covered with 8-ply ragboard (Rising). This was covered with layers of spun bond polyester padding (Insulite), cut to form depressions to accommodate depth of fringe. Mounted colour centered on backboard and edges of show fabric attached to reverse.
Framed against Plexiglas in welded corner aluminum frame. This method of presentation is called a Pressure Mount, and has been used by textile conservators for the past 30 plus years to protect very fragile textiles.