"Garden of the Gods" design colorways, National Parks series

Three samples of printed "Khaki Kool," Mallinson tradename for a rough finish sport silk: Rough surface crepe fabric woven with warp of tussah silk and weft of tussah loosely twisted with a silk crepe yarn. Printed with National Parks series "Garden of the Gods" design in three different color combinations. In late 1926 American silk manufacturer 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 - these samples illustrate how strikingly different a single design can appear by changing the colors of the ground and design elements.
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Object Name
Fabric Length
fabric lengths
Date made
H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
white ground (c) (overall color)
orange ground (b) (overall color)
mauve ground (a) (overall color)
plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 39 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 100.33 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
National Parks
American Silk Industry
American Silks
Mallinson's National Parks
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Mallinson's National Parks
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

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