Mallinson's "Javanesque" series; block-printed silk


A length of block printed Mallinson trade name "Indestructible" voile. A sheer plain weave silk fabric ornamented with an allover conventionalized flower design (imitating batik work) in American Beauty (bright pink) outlined with white on a purple ground. Batik (a wax-resist dyeing technique, known by that name in Indonesia) was very popular in the US and Europe during the late 1910s and early 1920s. H.R. Mallinson was one of several textile manufacturers to create imitations of the hand-crafted batik characteristics through mechanical means. This textile has a very large repeat and according to the manufacturer was hand block-printed. There is a break in the design on one edge, which may indicate that the length was engineered for a particular use, with this unpatterned section meant for an opening of some kind.

Date Made: 1919

Maker: H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York City

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Credit Line: Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T04145Accession Number: 63914Catalog Number: T04145.000

Object Name: Fabric Length

Physical Description: silk (overall material)bright pink (overall color)white (overall color)purple ground (overall color)plain weave; block printed (overall production method/technique)faux batik (overall style)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 38 in; 91.44 cm x 96.52 cm


Record Id: nmah_1165708

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