Items donated to art museums are typically kept in storage until they’re needed for exhibits or educational purposes. The Gregg Museum of Art & Design provided these photos of items from the Hodges Collection in storage. We purchased some of these items at the dusty (dry season) or muddy (rainy season) Bo Market and from charlies (traders) and gara men. They now reside in very clean, climate-controlled conditions.

Textiles require special care since they deteriorate in light and can break down along fold lines. At the Gregg, African lappas and woven textiles are carefully folded, cushioned with archival tissue paper, gently placed in archival storage boxes, and stored in the dark.

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