MOUNTING SYSTEMS FOR ETHNOGRAPHIC TEXTILES AND OBJECTS
Gail Sundstrom Niinimaa
3 PIPE BAG MOUNT
The basic mount consists of a piece of acid-free matboard cut to the exact size of the bag. The matboard is then covered with a suitable cotton or linen fabric, depending on the colouring of the piece and the exhibition colours. Generally natural linen and natural cotton were used. Both knit and woven fabrics are suitable for use, and commercially dyed brown cotton knit was used in some instances. All of the backing fabrics were prewashed in hot water and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
In order to hold the bag on the mount, an inner bag is made of the same fabric and stuffed inside the length of the bag. This inner bag or “sausage” may be stuffed with polyester fibrefill or with a thin sheet of Ethafoam. Fabric tabs are used to join the fabric-covered backing to the inner bag, the tabs are wrapped from the fabric-covered acid-free matboard around the fabric-covered insert and stitched together. It is the friction created between the fabric-covered board and the bag and the inner “sausage” bag which holds the artifact in place. For a 45° angle mount nothing more is required. Should the bag be exhibited vertically, microbore Tygon tubing can be used across an inconspicuous area, i.e. beading, and secured to the back of the mount with a few stitches to hold the bag in place. Sometimes a matching colour of thread is placed across the top of the bag to hold the flaps in place. A Velcro strip is placed on the back of the acid-free matboard to attach it to the display case or wall. (Figure 1).