"Niagara Falls" design, Mallinson's National Park series

A length of printed and jacquard-patterned Khaki Kool (H.R. Mallinson & Co. trade name). A rough surface jacquard figured crepe fabric woven with warp of tussah silk and weft of tussah loosely twisted with a silk crepe yarn. Printed with allover design depicting Niagara Falls in cool colors on a white ground. In late 1926 American silk manufacturer H.R. Mallinson & Co. introduced a bold new line of printed silks, twelve landscape designs, each available in from eight to twelve colorways (color combinations) on three different ground fabrics. The designs celebrated America's national parks - then only a decade old. The designs represented all the usual styles necesssary for making clothing: allover prints, horizontal stripes, checks, a border design, etc. The waterfalls, rainbows, and swirling waters are framed in a reserve of flowers and foliage.
Currently not on view
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
tussah silk (overall material)
blue (overall color)
ecru (overall color)
jacquard weave; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
American Silk Industry
National Parks
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American Silks
Mallinson's National Parks
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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