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

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1914
maker
Duplan Silk Corp.
designer
Poiret, Paul
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Hazleton
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)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 42 1/2 in; 91.44 cm x 107.95 cm
ID Number
TE.T01222
accession number
56671
catalog number
T01222.000
Credit Line
Gift of the Duplan Silk Company
subject
American Silk Industry
Fashion
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Duplan Silk Co.
American Silks
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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