"Bishop" dress silk, A "Martine" design by Duplan

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A "Martine" silk by the Duplan Silk Company of Hazleton, PA. This design titled "Bishop", on quality "Fleur de Jeunesse" a fine soft taffeta. Printed design of scattered stylized scrolls and flowers in golden brown, bright pink, and light green on an off white ground. This example was cylinder printed. Duplan's publicity touts this series of silk dress fabrics as "Woven, printed, and finished in the US, sold and delivered in Paris and London. Designs by the Martine School of Decorative Art, Paris, France. Directed, owned, and personally supervised by Mr. Paul Poiret, who is universally acknowledged as the greatest creator of women's fashions of the present century." In the press these were called "Futurist Flowers, and there supposedly 8 designs in total that Duplan licensed from Poiret. NMAH Textiles department holds six samples, of four designs, two of the designs in two colorways on two different ground cloths.
Currently not on view
date made
Duplan Silk Corp.
Poiret, Paul
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Hazleton
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
white ground (overall color)
turquoise (overall color)
fuuschia (overall color)
dark gold (overall color)
plain weave (overall production method/technique)
cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 42 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 107.95 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of the Duplan Silk Company
American Silk Industry
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Duplan Silk Co.
American Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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