Author: namitajaspal

Namita Jaspal, with inherited skills of art and aesthetics and passion for science, opted to pursue post- graduation in ‘Conservation of Cultural Property’ after her graduation in Science from Delhi University in 1992. Four year intense training at National Museum Institute provided the right foundation to start a career in Conservation. She is currently practicing conservation consultancy for Heritage property including monuments and collections. She has been doing independent research in conservation techniques and procedures in Indian context. She is currently working on the conservation of wall-paintings of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden temple at Amritsar. The project is nearing completion and getting a lot of appreciation for the organized and ethical treatment it is providing. It is for the first time in the history of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden Temple) that wall painting conservation and preservation is being done in a scientific manner, keeping the codes of Ethics into consideration while decision making. Another project just completed is of the Conservation of Krishna Temple at Kishankot, Gurdaspur, Punjab. In her private Conservation Laboratory, she is not only providing onservation services, but also mentoring young aspiring conservators and archaeologists by the way of training and paid internships. She has been a guest lecturer at DIHRM (Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management). With all the updated knowledge database and innovative practical approaches relevant to the Indian conditions, she could successfully do curative and preservative treatment of very old textiles like a nine feet long flag from nineteenth century that is regarded as priceless memorabilia of second Dogra regiment at Chandi Mandir, and four hundred years old (seventeenth century) Chola Sahib Ji of Sixth Guru of Sikhs, Sri Hargobind Sahib Ji. Apart from this she has done conservation of Photograph collections, archival records, numerous paintings, manuscripts and other cultural objects. She is also involved in preparation of up-gradation proposals for museums and such organizations. Her expertise includes Conservation and preservation technologies and procedures for conservation of varied material like wall paintings, paper, photographs, textile, ceramics, stone, metal and archaeological objects.

Snippet from a discussion on textile conservation

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Lab-work for on-site project

Namita Jaspal At first look, one finds damaged, broken tile work and might think of replacing the broken tiles. But, on closer examination and assessment, we find that the broken tiles cannot be taken out without damaging the strength of…

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Panj Mandir: Another example from bygone era speaking of oneness, co-existence, love and mutual respect

This monument, a temple and the paintings adorning the walls … hundreds of years old…. These are non-living, but full of life. They speak of the love, respect, tolerance, peace, humility and most of all co-existence of different faiths or…

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Krishna Temple :Beauty of what is left

Very gratifying experience conserving these mesmerizing paintings from nineteenth century……..

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CONSERVATION OF MUGHAL SARAI, DORAHA: Tile Work

Namita Jaspal Tile work at the gates of Mughal Sarai, Doraha, are quite unique in their make.  They seem to be made with a technique that was popularly known as Kashi work. Kashi work consists of a layer of glass…

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Conservation Science is a unique combination of Art, Technology, History and Science…

Art and Heritage conservators, work on various kinds of materials. Surfaces like lime mortar, paper, fabric, canvas, wood, metal etc. We use technology to study the properties of the material, their deterioration and ageing, protection, cleaning and curative treatments. We…

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Research prospects: Durability and Anatomy of the wall painting

We have found two different kind of anatomy and material composition in the wall paintings of the same built structure. The extent of deterioration over the last century and a half might say a lot about the durability of the…

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Conservation of Chola Saheb Ji

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What to do about damaging acidic mountboard of old photographs

There can be different views about keeping or discarding a damaging mount-board or backing. It can be great if we can share our ideas. This an old video, but i found it relevant even today when we receive similar problems…

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Importance of knowledge of the Conservation material used

Inappropriate material used for restoring paintings can cause deformities like these in near future.

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Experience at Sri Harmandar Sahib Ji

Of all the conservation experiences the one that has taught most is the one at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji (The Golden Temple). There is so much to talk about this work experience that we’ll take it up in parts. It…

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Anoxic Treatment of Textile Collection

A telephone call from an organization regarding their concern over the insect infestation in the building where they had one of their precious textile collection stored, was the beginning of this work-plan. To be sure about what i am suggesting…

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fox marks

why concentrated at edges?

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Conservation of *Chola Saheb Ji*

“…..Having realised his mistake Jahangir ordered the release of Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji. In spite of this the Guru refused to leave unless all the captive rulers and princes were also set free. Emperor Jahangir was taken back by…

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Special Folder

After Conservation Treatment, the manuscripts/documents are stored in a special folder till the time they go on final display (or storage)

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We Preserve Tangible Heritage

  Stories of life live in the form of letters, documents and photographs even hundred years after the life leaves the mortal body!!

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