"Barre Ratta" silk suiting

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Description
Length of silk suiting: tradename "Barre Ratta". An all silk fabric having a coarse knotty appearance produced by a plain yarn warp and a novelty yarn filling. Originated by John G. Bentley, for men's wear.. Victory Silk Co., Paterson, NJ, 1915.
The weft yarns are plied with short and long strands of silk fiber of uneven diameter, creating the highly textured surface effect. The tradename Barre Ratta is probably a take-off on the traditional fabrication, barathea, originally a wool and silk textile with a broken twill weave giving a pebbled texture.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1915
maker
Victory Silk Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
natural (a) (overall color)
black (b) (overall color)
plain weave; novelty yarn (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
TE.T02761.A-B
accession number
58809
catalog number
T02761.A-B
Credit Line
Gift of Victory Silk Company
subject
World War I
American Silk Industry
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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