"Hava Coke" weave silk suiting

Silk suiting; "Hava Coke" weave. A fabric resembling barathea, having a silk warp with a mixed silk and cotton novelty yarn filling (weft.). Originated by John G. bentley for men's wear. Color: natural (unbleached, undyed)
The finer silk warp yarns are paired, with the weft yarn (silk twisted with cotton) giving a pebbled texture - not quite a pronounced basket weave. The use of cotton in the filling suggests that this fabric was less expensive than the company's other silk suitings. The tradename, "Hava Coke", suggests that it might have been targeted to young men - perhaps high school and college age.
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Object Name
fabric length
date made
Victory Silk Company
Physical Description
silk; cotton (overall material)
plain weave; paired warps (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
place made
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
World War I
American Silk Industry
American Silks
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Victory Silk Company.
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