"Garden of the Gods" design colorways, Mallinson's National Parks series

Seven samples of Mallinson's tradename Pussy Willow silk, printed. Soft drapy plain weave fabric printed with National Parks series design "Garden of the Gods" in seven different color combinations:ground colors are tan, black, green, orange, gray, dark blue, French blue. 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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Fabric Length
fabric lengths
Date made
H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
dark blue ground (overall color)
green ground (overall color)
orange ground (overall color)
tan ground (overall color)
grey ground (overall color)
black ground (overall color)
plain weave (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
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catalog number
National Parks
American Silk Industry
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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