August 20th– December 5th 2013: A workshop on the conservation and restoration of leather is currently being conducted in association with the “Silk Road Fashion” project held by the Chinese Academy of Cultural Heritage in cooperation with the Beijing Branch Office of the German Archaeological Institute and the LVR-LandesMuseum, Bonn. This course is the first of its kind in China. Altogether, eight Chinese students from various cultural institutions are participating, all of whom have leather items with varied conservational problems in their collections. The aim of the course is to teach, both in a theoretical and practical way, how to analyse the conservational condition of leather from museum collections and how to handle and store the items according to their specific characteristics.
During the period 23rd through to the 27th of September, Professor Mayke Wagner, from the Beijing Branch Office, Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute, acquainted the students with archaeological and ethnographical leather artefacts from Europe and America, as well as various methods of tanning. Within this context, she also introduced the published studies by Morgan Baillargeon, Canada, Torunn Klokkernes, Norway, as well as the Scythian finds from the Altai Mountains and the leather clothing worn by the iceman Ötzi. Part of this material has been translated into Mandarin and is now available on this website.
From the 8th to the 30th of October, Mrs Regine Vogel, conservator of archaeological items at the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, will demonstrate practical working methods on how to investigate, document and conserve archaeological leather using authentic items from the Hami Museum, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as an example. Related photos see above.
Find the original documents of the Canadian Conservation Institute about the care of leather on:
Canadian Conservation Institute. Care of Alum, Vegetable, and Mineral Tanned Leather. CCI Notes 8/2. Ottawa: Canadian Conservation Institute, 1992. http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/publications/notes/8-2-eng.aspx (last access: 22.10.2013).
Canadian Conservation Institute. Care of Rawhide and Semi-Tanned Leather. CCI Notes 8/4. Ottawa: Canadian Conservation Institute, 1992. http://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/publications/notes/8-4-eng.aspx (last access: 22.10.2013).
Published with permission from the Minister of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The English version of this publication, as well as any subsequent revisions by CCI, is considered the official version. CCI assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of the Chinese translation.