Over the years the braids and fringes had rotted and were falling off and the embroidery in places was non existent. In the past it had been filled in with felt tip pen
When it was examined by members our Embroiderers Guild many of the braids turned to powder. Repair was not an easy task, the new embroidery had to merge with the original so that the conservation and mend was not noticeable.
All the braids and fringes had to be specially woven and dyed to match the original and we are fortunate to have so many skilled embroiderers in the Cathedral’s Guild who were able to carry out this work ‘in house’.
Funds for this restoration came from a reserve we have built up over the years for such tasks. Its first use after the conservation was at the recent Battle of Britain service.