Story Behind the 16th Century Damask Fragment from the Island of Lopud

VLADIC posterAuthor: Sara Vladić
Mentors: Danijela Jemo, PhD, Assistant Professor; Mateo Miguel Kodrić Kesovia, Teaching Assistant

Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Undergraduate study programme in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Textile (3rd year of study)


Many of the historic vestments and other  liturgical items,  still in existence along the Croatian coast, contain interesting and valuable Italian damask fabrics. Sometimes they have been cut and re-used  for new purposes. One such object is a "burse" made of Italian 16th century damask, which now makes part of the textile collection of the church of Our Lady of Šunj, on the island of Lopud. A detailed historical and technical analysis of the fabric has shown that it bears a similarity to other 16th century damasks found in Croatia, most notably the precious bale of damask recovered from a shipwreck near the island of Gnalić, now on display in the City Museum of Biograd. The present work brings  the results of a further investigation carried on the damask fragment from Lopud, which consists in a comparison of its visual and technical features with those of other similar fragments documented in Croatia. The conservation and restoration procedures undertaken on the fragment so far are also presented here.

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Short biography

SARA VLADIĆ was born in Zagreb, on June 2, 1996. After having graduated from the School of Applied Art and Design in the Department of Interior Design, she continued her education at the University of Dubrovnik, Art and Restoration Course,  where she currently studies textile conservation.