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Sungkit Conservation

This method is used to compensate for lost parts of the design, specifically for sungkits. The process starts with selecting fabric with a similar weaving structure and thread count. The fabric is dyed in the color of the textile's background. Sungkits are made using a thread count weaving technique. Necessary adjustments made to the patch's threads count to better fit the recreated design in the perimeter of  the lost area, matched, and connected with the existing design. (Steps 2 & 3) Then the patch is attached with a basting stitch to the back. Next, loose threads of the perimeter are pulled to the back and additional threads of the weft are inserted to join the patch and the textile. ( Step 4) In the process any loose threads of the original warp are woven in.  Then missing part of the design is embroidered. (Step 5 & 6) Next the patch and the original textile secured  along the weft lines with fine silk thread. (Step 7) The last step is attaching a covering patch to the back of the area to protect stitches in the back.

Sungkit Re-Weaving

The decision to reweave damage areas  was made because I was unable to find the right fabric for the patches and the areas were small enough to reweave. Cotton yarn for the warp and weft were selected and dyed.

The warp was inserted, linked to trim, and stretched. Then the weft was woven and connected with the textile background on both sides. Then the design was embroidered.

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