Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

Textile Testing and Conservation Services

Standard performance tests for textiles and apparel are conducted in textile testing laboratories. The laboratory is equipped with a range of testing machinery and a conditioning room. Tests are carried out according to standard ASTM or AATCC procedures. Dr. Martin Bide carries out development work, textile testing, color measurement, and troubleshoots for textile dyeing and finishing, (401) 874-2276.

 The textile conservation laboratory was established to treat textiles, costumes and accessories. Treatments include fiber, fabric and dye analysis; wet-cleaning; repair and stabilization; and preparation for exhibition. A condition analysis, treatment proposal and cost estimate are prepared for each object to be treated. Analysis of archaeological textiles from Native American burials is another specialty of the faculty. Analyses for extant textile fragments, dyes and pseudomorphs are performed. Dr. Linda Welters is chair of the Department and conducts archaeological textile analysis (401) 874-4525. Dr. Margaret Ordonez carries out textile conservation treatments, archaeological textile analysis, and fiber analysis using optical and scanning electron microscopy (401) 874-5481



 Major items of equipment and services available in the textile testing and conservation laboratories include:

 Durability/Performance Testing

 Physical Testing*

*Effect of Weathering can be added

 Fabric Analysis

 Color Fastness

(Instrumental or grey scale assessment of results)

 Color Measurement


 Training seminars are available in the following areas, and may be conducted at the University, or arranged on site at your facility.

If you are interested in any of the services listed above, please contact the department or the individual faculty members. Prices will be quoted based on the number of tests to be performed and will be competitive. Written reports of the testing are provided.

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