"Grand Canyon" allover design on velvet, Mallinson's National Parks series

A length of very light soft pliable velvet (printed butterfly velvet), having a silk ground and rayon pile. Printed with Mallinson's National Park series Grand Canyon allover design on a black background. Rayon pile on a silk chiffon or georgette ground cloth was generically termed 'transparent velvet' in the 1920s and 1930s. 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, and represented all the usual styles necesssary for making clothing: allover prints, horizontal stripes, checks, a border design,etc. The firm also donated an example of this design printed on a flat surface silk, and an example of the Grand Canyon border design.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated
Physical Description
ground, silk (overall material)
pile, rayon (overall material)
black (overall color)
transparent velvet (overall style)
warp pile weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
Associated Place
United States: Arizona, Grand Canyon
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
American Silk Industry
National Parks
American Silks
Mallinson's National Parks
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

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