"Barre Ratta" silk suiting

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.
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Object Name
Fabric Length
date made
Victory Silk Company
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
natural (a) (overall color)
black (b) (overall color)
plain weave; novelty yarn (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
place made
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
World War I
American Silk Industry
American Silks
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Victory Silk Company
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