Ancient Laundry: Podcast

Doublecloth Textile Fragments with Human Figures, Llamas, and Stepped Pattern
Late Intermediate Period, ca 1100 –1470 AD
Cotton and Camelid Fibers

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Emory University student Rebecca Levitan and Georgia State University student Arden Davis worked with consulting conservator of textiles Patricia Ewer to bathe fragments of an Andean doublecloth textile. The use of a surfactant facilitated the removal of centuries of dirt and grime, making the ancient textile brighter and more flexible. This podcast is part of the Science of Art series that explores concepts taught in General Chemistry classes through case studies featuring objects and conservation projects from the Carlos Museum.