The Clothworkers Foundation funded a one-year textile conservation project to help build capacity in Gjirokastra's Ethnographic Museum and the wider region. In addition to traditional textile skills dying out, there is recognition that better storage and display strategies are needed to prolong the life of hundreds of fragile textiles.
The success of the project in 2014 has allowed HWB to find funding for two further years of work within the museum and with the local community. The project will run until 2016 and we will work in close collaboration with regional partners, Cultural Heritage Without Borders.
In 2014 and 2015, museum professionals from across South Eastern Europe including, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia attended a 10-day workshop led by HWB.
Volunteers delivered sessions on a range of subjects, focusing on textile conservation and museum interpretation. The course included presentations, as well as practical sessions using objects from the museum's collection, and group projects to consolidate the learning.