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Special exhibition archive

Sixteenth-Century Painted Leather Pouches for Archiving Documents, 13 September – 12 November 2017

During his term of office from 1579 to 1593, Fribourg’s state chancellor Wilhelm Techtermann had some fifty elaborately worked leather pouches made in which to archive important documents and deeds. Fourteen of these little bags have been preserved in the Archives de l’État de Fribourg and were recently studied and conserved at the Abegg-Stiftung as part of a degree project by a student of textile conservation and restoration. Six of these remarkable pouches and some documents they once contained are now on show at the Abegg-Stiftung. Media Release | Poster Master’s Thesis