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[Swiss Silk Bolting Cloth Manufacturing Co, Zurich] A trademark for a sheer, lightweight, open weave, polyester fabric. Stabiltex was used as a support backing for covering fragile textiles and as an alternative to silk Crepeline. As of 2004, the production of Stabiltex has been discontinued. An alternate product, Tetex TR, was supplied as a replacement, but it was discontinued in 2009.


Personal Risks

  • Sickening fumes may be released when the fabric is melted.

Resources and Citations

  • F.Thomsen "Hotmelting Cutting of Stabiltex" JAIC, 27:32-37, 1988. LINK
  • I. Karsten, N. Kerr, "The Properties and light stability of silk adhered to sheer silk and polyester support fabrics with poly(vinyl acetate) copolymer adhesives" Studies in Conservation, 47(3), 195-210, 2002.
  • Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Lisa Goldberg, and Eugenie Milroy, ‘Support and Rehousing for Collection Storage’ In ‘Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage’ Lisa Elkin and Christopher A. Norris (eds.), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York. 2019.
  • I. Karsten, "Factors affecting bond strength of textile artifact/adhesion/support fabric laminates. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Alberta, Ednomton, Alberta, Canada, 2003. Table 2.10
  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997
  • Meredith Montague, contributed information, 1998