"Armistice Silk," Natural

Sample length of basket weave, closely woven silk noil cloth; converted "Armistice Silk" from sillk cartridge igniter cloth. Piece of the 18 million yards of surplus World War I cartridge igniter cloth sold by the Salvage board for $1.23 per yard. All silk, paired warps and wefts giving basket weave effect. Boiled off (the sericin removed) and finished for the cutting up (garment) trade. Undyed with brown slubs.
Currently not on view
Object Name
fabric length
date made
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
basket weave; unbleached; undyed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 35 in; 91.44 cm x 88.9 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
World War I
American Silk Industry
American Silks
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the US War Dept., Ordnance Dept Salvage board
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