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I semester a.y. 2023/2024


Lecturer: Massimo Albanese

Start: to be determined

Time: to be determined

Where: Genovino classroom (Darsena Economia, Via Vivaldi 5)

Methods: the workshop will be limited in number and classes will be conducted in presence. Any selection will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties should send an email requesting enrollment between September 11 and the start date of the workshop. To enroll, send an email to taking care to indicate "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT" as the subject line and specify first name last name, freshman, course of study, year of course.

The laboratory, activated by the Bachelor's degree program in Conservation of Cultural Heritage but also open to students of the Master's degree program in Art History and Enhancement of Artistic Heritage, aims to provide the basic knowledge for a group of applications (software) that can be used in the field of cultural heritage. In particular, the paradigmatic elements characterizing the type of software in question will be analyzed during the workshop and, for the purpose of setting up and developing a project work, the procedures for using the software adopted by the workshop will be illustrated.

For more information, visit the lab page on Aulaweb, which will be activated by the end of September.


Lecturer: Maria Ludovica Rosati

Start: Thursday, October 19, 2023


  • Thursday, October 19, 2023 2-4 pm (2 hours)
  • Friday, October 20, 2023 1-4 p.m. (3 hours)
  • Friday, October 27, 2023 1-4 p.m. (3 hours)
  • Friday, November 10, 2023 13-16 hours (3 hours)
  • Friday, November 17, 2023 1-4 p.m. (3 hours)
  • Thursday, November 23, 2023 14-16 hours (2 hours)

Where: Textile Depot Museum Palazzo Reale, Genoa

Manner:In-person. To enroll, send an email to taking care to indicate as the subject "LABORATORY ENROLLMENT TEXTILE MANUFACTURING SCHEDULE" and to specify first name last name, freshman, course of study, year of course.


The workshop is mainly intended for those enrolled in the course History of Textile and Fashion Techniques 2023-24 and those who have already taken it in previous academic years. Participation is also open to those who have not yet taken the History of Textile and Fashion Techniques course, subject to an orientation interview with the lecturer. The workshop aims to deepen and apply the principles and methodologies of analysis, recognition and cataloging of textile artifacts, working in direct contact with a collection of ancient textiles.
During the workshop, the criteria for proper cataloging of textile artifacts (according to CIETA standards and  ministerial cataloging regulations) will be presented through the analysis of works belonging to the antique textiles collection of Palazzo Reale (Genoa).
Participants will be guided in the recognition of the different textile structures and types (joined and worked fabrics; textile decoration techniques such as embroidery, impression etc.) and in the writing of a cataloguing card.


  • Contribute to the understanding and recognition of historical textile types presented in the History of Textile and Fashion Techniques course;    
  • Provide survey tools and methodologies for reading historical textile works within a museum collection context representative of a scenario that participants may also encounter in their future professional careers;
  • Develop textile-specific filing skills and cataloguing skills that can also be applied to other genres of works;
  • Incourage teamwork skills and relational dynamics through a practice of collective involvement of participants in reading works, and, in parallel, contribute to the development of progressive autonomy in carrying out technical analysis.

Structure, dates, times

The workshop has a duration of 25 hours, 16 of which are lecture and 9 individual study. It is divided into 6 meetings (one introductory and one concluding 2-hour meeting and four intermediate meetings of 3 hours each).
The introductory meeting, conducted with Dr. Valentina Fiore, officer in charge of the textile collection of the Royal Palace, will be on the formation and the size and history of the museum's textile collection.
This will be followed by four meetings of hands-on activities in the depository, during which guided textile readings and filing will take place. Each of the four intermediate meetings will be structured in a frontal presentation of one or more textile types (also retrieving slides and materials already presented in the lectures of the course on the history of textile and fashion techniques) and in a participatory feedback of the characteristics of the said types on some historical artifacts in the collection. In the second part of each meeting, a number of cards will be collectively drafted, with reference to both CIETA specialized parameters and the ICCD regulations applied to textile works (O/A and VeAC cards).
A concluding meeting is scheduled at the end of the workshop, where participants will be required to independently draft one or more artifact sheets. These sheets will have the value of a final test.

Methodology, materials and final evaluation

The teaching methodology includes guided readings of the works in the presence and collective filing exercises. During the workshop, participants will be provided with teaching materials (slides and bibliographical references) related to the materials analyzed.
For credit, attendance at the workshop is mandatory (absences must not exceed 25 percent of the total workshop hours).
Successful completion of the final exam is not binding for credit, but can be capitalized for the benefit of the exam for the History of Textile and Fashion Techniques course for A.Y. 2023/2024.
For those who successfully pass the final lab exercise, the course exam will cover only the topics of the second module (History of Costume and Fashion), while for those who do not pass the test or have not attended the lab, the final exam will include the topics of both modules.

Syllabus of the meetings

  1. Collecting, cataloging, enhancing collections of historical textiles in a museum context
  2. Presentation of the CIETA board
  3. United textiles and derivatives
  4. Operated Fabrics
  5. Other textile types
  6. O/A card and VeAC card (ancient and contemporary garments)
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