A H Straus & Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, Renaissance design; 1917.

Description:

A H Straus & Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, Renaissance design; 1917. Luxor taffeta made by A H Straus and Company. A lustrous, reversible fabric with a discharge printed, "composite design of the old French School. Example of textile industry of the 14th and 15th centuries." Stripes of faded dye throughout the length. Colors are green, yellow, and black on a 'lucifer' (dark bluish-red) ground. Stripes of alternating green pine cone and gold roundel motifs are separated from each other by 1.25 inches and are parallel to the selvedge edge. The ground is printed in two shades of 'lucifer' - with a palmette pomegranate ogee design taken from Renaiisance damasks and velvets. carefully situated between the more brightly colored stripes.

A. H. Straus and Co. was active in the 1910s and 1920s. The company was based in New York City and was a premier importer and manufacturer of printed silks. Many fabric lengths in this collection have prints copied from ancient textiles.

Date Made: 1917

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityAssociated Place: United States: New Jersey, Allentown

Web Object: American Textile Industry

Subject:

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, American Silks, American Silk Industry, American Textile Industry, Textiles

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Credit Line: Gift of A H Straus and Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T02552.000Accession Number: 61633Catalog Number: T02552.000

Object Name: Fabric Length

Physical Description: silk (overall material)green (overall color)yellow (overall color)black (overall color)dark red ground (overall color)plain weave; discharge-printed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 41 in; 91.44 cm x 104.14 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-3bae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1164510

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