NM Certificate Courses

NM Certificate Courses

NM Certificate Course details

Theme: Introduction to Textile Conservation

Objectives of the course: Textiles are varied and can be studied according to their location and technique. The deterioration of historical textiles has led to the ultimate loss in terms of their heritage value. Historic textiles should be studied so that their heritage value can be preserved for future generations. Textiles housed in various collections need conservation and restoration treatment before they are kept in reserve storage or go for public viewing. Conservation is the treatment that places a textile in a stable condition for handling, study, and display in exhibitions. This course will focus on aspects like; active intervention and why it should not detract from the original components and visual aesthetics of the piece. Also, discuss the need to maintain the physical and visual integrity of the object while conserving.


Learning outcomes: The aim of this certificate/short-term course is to touch upon some of the basic principles of conservation and restoration of Textiles. This has been designed in an interactive manner, with resource persons from the field of textiles conservation to make course participants aware of its importance. The course includes talks and basic practical demonstrations by conservators and resource persons. This event is intended to serve as a basic introduction to conservation techniques which hopefully will provide the impetus to conduct more comprehensive course/training in the future.

Course conducted by: 

Dr. Md. Ali Nasir, specializes in Historical development of carpet and its scientific analysis. Besides being an independent researcher, he is also a Guest Faculty at Department of Conservation, NMI and an adjunct faculty at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. Dr Ali is also associated with and Konserv Bhaav as a Consultant (Conservation) and worked on restoration of tapestries designed by Le Corbusier at Chandigarh High Court and Chandigarh Capitol Complex. He is a recipient of the Eurasia Pacific Uninet (EPU) Scholarship (2013-2014) and has co-authored the book 'Harappan Pottery: Archaeology Techniques and Its Conservation'.

Duration of Course: 5 Days (October 27- 31) 

Timings: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Minimum Eligibility Criteria: 20 years and above can apply for the course. 

Total number of seats: 35 only

Certificates: Certificates would be given against 100 percent attendance only.

Course fee: 


Students (Pursuing)

Rs. 1000/-

National Museum Volunteers

Rs. 500/-

NGOs (students sponsored by NGOs)



Rs. 2000/-

Medium: All sessions will be conducted offline, at National Museum, New Delhi 

Course outline

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Day 1. 27thOctober

Topic: History and Types of Textiles, Types and Classifications of Natural fibers: Chemical & Physical Properties. (Theory)

In this lecture Different type of Indian textiles and their weaving techniques and Important Sources of fibers from plant and animals will be discussed. We will also discuss their chemical composition and physical Properties.

Day 2. 28thOctober

Topic: Different types of Natural Fibers and their Identification Methods (Practical)

In this practical, Participants will learn different methods of identifications of natural fibers like Burn test, Chemical test and microscopic test. (This would be conducted in a group if participants are in large number).

Day 3. 29th October

Topic: Cause and Types of Deterioration in Textiles & Documentation and Condition Assessments (Theory and Practical) 

In this session participant shall learn briefly about types and cause of deteriorations and how to prepare condition sheets. Examinations, Photography and Graphic Documentations.  (Shall provide documentation sheet. Participants shall practice in group).

Day 4. 30thOctober

Topic : Dry and Wet cleaning methods of Textiles (Practical)

We will be discussing about when and how should we clean textiles according to requirement. We would explore and understand Solvent Cleaning, Wet Cleaning and Dry Cleaning. (Participants shall practice in group).

Day 5. 31stOctober

Topic: Preventive Care of Textiles: Handling, Display and Storage

Participants shall learn the basic principles of Preventive conservation. They will be asked to bring a textile from their own collection which can be studied and discussed in the class.

At the end of the day 15 minutes test will be conduct to evaluate the outcome of this short-term course. 

Please email your complete application form with payment details to: educationnationalmuseum@gmail.com

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Last date for submission of applications: October 25, 2022, 5:00 pm


Team National Museum will share the payment details only when your seat is confirmed.

Kindly Note that the Application fee is Non-Refundable

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