Help me archive my T-shirts
May 27, 2010 9:52 AM Subscribe
I want to properly archive a large collection of T-shirts. What's the best way to store these, considering that the most important part is the print, which is made of Plastisol, a PVC-based ink?
posted by Devils Rancher to media & arts (6 answers total)
About 1000 shirts, more or less. Right now, they're just folded up in a pile in a giant cedar chest in my non-air-conditioned store room, or stacked on shelves in two closets in the house. I'd prefer some sort of clear plastic enclosure through which the prints could still be viewed, but I'm worried about PVC-based ink possibly interacting with a PVC-based bag. What about a rigid backing?
The fabric (mostly 100% cotton) is a secondary, but still important concern. I'd ideally like something at least 12 x 12 so that the prints would no longer be creased, as them being folded is detrimentally affecting the prints themselves, as we speak.
What other enemies am I not considering here, besides humidity, stacking & chemical reaction? Bugs? What sort of bugs eat cotton, and how to prevent them from doing so? I'm in the hot & humid south.