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OBJECTIVE OF THE FINISHING
What one will call finishing in the case of a tapestry, complying with the code of practice, will limit to three things: To display, To relieve, To protect.

Hanging a Tapestry.
What one requests to this textile œuvre is firstly, and generally, to fall as naturally as possible from top to bottom. In the second order place one would want that the weight of the tapestry does not pull down too extremely on the parts fixed at the wall. It will be also wanted that hanging seems free and moving what is obtained by a small space between it and the wall, what tapestry win in add to be ventilated then preventing the insects and the mould to settle. Finally as one has seen in the chapter Use & Display, in order that hanging look falling right, the stitches used do should not exaggeratedly distort the tapestry.

To relieve the structure of the tapestry.
The goal is that the weight of the tapestry be not too heavy on each mural fixing. It is easy enough to distribute this weight on the totality of the width. The simplest means, used today by museums and professionals of the preservation themselves, is the band with micro-hooks like Velcro for example. A second means consists to the use of a rod passed in a bracket bent sewed at the reverse of the tapestry or envisaged at the time of the lining assembly.

To protect from the aggressions outsides.
The lining protects the stitches and threads remained on the reverse of the tapestry which are weakened by their ends or spanning several centimetres. Note however that over a long period, the lining will retain also the dust which could have cross the tapestry by its obverse. That has its importance because the event of complete cleaning this lining will entirely have to be removed. The lining can be also deemed as a masking of a tangle of threads of the back of the tapestry. Nevertheless take count that this tangle of threads allows to authenticate which technique was used for the making of the tapestry. By leaving the bottom of the lining not sewn, like we laud for another reason in the Lining chapter, the expert will easily recognize a needle-worked tapestry a hand woven or mechanically woven ones.

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