To be used in restoration, new fabric needs to be historically accurate and, where possible, be an exact replica of the weave, pattern, weight, and color of the existing fabric. For each project, the first step is to find a manufacturer of the fabric to be used. Once manufactured, the fabric is delivered to the Bureau of Historic Sites Conservation Center at Peebles Island where it is sewn into draperies or used to reupholster a piece of furniture. The deteriorated fabric is not discarded but rather is carefully packed and cataloged.
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