Donald Brothers: Working to Conserve Textile Heritage

Exciting news! We also have an archive of Donald Brothers material: http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb1694-dc037

The Working Archive

Who: Donald Brothers Collection
Job: Conservator
Where: Galashiels
When: 2011
Archive: Heriot-Watt University Heritage and Information Governance

Heritage and Information Governance at Heriot-Watt University has just completed the first stage of a large project to conserve, rehouse and photograph the large fabric samples from Dundee firm Donald Brothers.

Donald Brothers was one of the leading Scottish firms designing and manufacturing furnishing fabrics in the 20th century. Growing out of the jute industry the firm initially produced canvases for sacks and sails but by the 1890s had moved into making textured canvases and figured linens for furnishings. The firm’s success was initially linked to the Arts and Crafts movement in both Britain and the United States and in the 20th century started producing printed as well as woven designs. The firm was highly regarded for the quality of their fabric and used leading designers such as Marion Dorn, Robert Stewart, Eva…

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