"Grand Canyon" border design dress silk, Mallinson's National Park series

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A length of the Mallinson National Park series "Grand Canyon" border design in the "Khaki Kool" trademark Mallinson sport silk. A rough surface crepe fabric woven with warp of tussah silk and weft of tussah loosely twisted with a silk crepe yarn. Ornamental border of jacquard figured and printed with design of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, Arizona. 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. An additional allover design depicting the Grand Canyon was also donated by the firm. Note that the border design is oriented to the width (50") of this fabric and not to the length.
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Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
orange-pink ground (overall color)
jacquard weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 50 in; 91.44 cm x 127 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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