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


A H Straus & Co "Luxor Taffeta" dress silk, yellow ground fabric length; 1917. Inspired by a 14th century woven silk from Lucca, italy.. Luxor Taffeta. A lustrous, reversible fabric with a discharge printed design taken from a Lucca fabric of the 14th century. Original in Vienna. Design refers perhaps to the Northern Swan legend. Printed design is black on a canary yellow ground. Design is very busy, with vine patterned bands creating small irregular reserves holding vignettes of one swan or two cygnets, with flowers surrounding.

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

Subject: American Textile Industry

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Credit Line: Gift of A H Straus and Company

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T02555.000Accession Number: 61633Catalog Number: T02555.000

Object Name: Fabric Length

Physical Description: silk (overall material)black (overall color)canary ground (overall color)plain weave; discharge print (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 41 in; 91.44 cm x 104.14 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-74c9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1164513

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