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

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Description
A "Martine" silk by the Duplan Silk Company of Hazleton, PA. This design titled "Lizeron", on charmeuse, a lightweight satin weave silk. Printed design of stylized leaves and flowers in green, yellow with off white on a black ground. This example was hand block-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 were supposedly 8 designs in total that Duplan licensed from Poiret. The NMAH Textiles collection holds six samples, four designs, two designs in two colorways on two different ground cloths. Duplan publicity also says that "Lizeron" was, "so far as we know, the first hand block design ever printed by hand in the United States, on a heavy quality of silks. The yardage possible to produce per day, printed by hand by one man, in a design of the character, is only about 1/20th of what a silk printing machine can produce in the same length of time."
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)
gold (overall color)
white (overall color)
green (overall color)
black ground (overall color)
satin weave (overall production method/technique)
hand block printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
TE.T01223
accession number
56671
catalog number
T01223.000
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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