"It is very rewarding to see a 16-foot tapestry finally installed in a space like the Cathedral after having spent months fixing the damage."
Kira Eng-Wilmot is a textile conservator at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City, where she cares for tapestries in the church's collection and private commissions. In her off-time, she makes delicious ice cream. Kira told us what it's like to give a 400-year-old tapestry a bath and why the basic tools of her trade are still a needle and thread.
Textile conservationist is pretty specific. What got you into this line of work?
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