Hellenic Centre for Research and Conservation of Archaeological Textiles (ARTEX)
The Hellenic Centre for Research and Conservation of Archaeological Textiles (ARTEX) is a non profit society with research, cultural and educational objectives, founded in 2002 by the initiative of the late Youlie Spantidaki, biologist and researcher of ancient textiles, Iris Tzachili, Professor of Archaeology at the University of Crete and Eliza Polychroniadou, museologist and conservator of organic materials.
ARTEX is involved in the research of archaeological textiles using interdisciplinary methods combining information from the fields of archaeology, philology, ancient history, biology, chemistry and experimental archaeology. It aims to raise public awareness regarding the existence and importance of archaeological textile remains in Greece already since the Bronze Age. At the same time, it intends to familiarise the community with the research on extant fabrics, types of costume and any archaeological remain connected with the chain of operation of textile production in ancient Greece, such as materials, textile tools, spinning and weaving techniques, dyes and embellishment. Among ARTEX’ interests is the study of Greek textile terminology, the conservation techniques, the display of textiles, the garments decoration and the connection of textiles to religious ceremonies and funerary customs.