H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s "Fish Skin" design "Orchid Tissue Velvet"


A length of H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s "Fish Skin" design "Orchid Tissue Velvet". This is a sheer, almost transparent plain weave ground, double-woven pile fabric with a Japan silk ground and a rayon pile (fabric quality #832); The allover printed pattern of scales reminiscent of "Fish skin". Manufacturer's pattern number 670.color # 12 (red, yellow, black). The manufacturer's description of the process is: "The fabric is piece-dyed for discharge (meaning with a special dye) in a ground color, and the pile made to lie in one direction. The fabric is then run through the printing machine where the pattern is printed on the pile surface, which is afterward erected and finished. With the colors put on in the printing process is mixed a discharge chemical which removes or bleaches the ground color where it is not wanted in the pattern."

Date Made: 1928

Maker: H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated

Location: Currently not on view

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

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, American Silks, Migel-Mallinson Silks


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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T05753.BAccession Number: 101284Catalog Number: T05753.00B

Object Name: Fabric Length

Physical Description: rayon (overall material)red (overall color)yellow (overall color)black (overall color)Transparent velvet (overall style)silk (overall material)double woven pile, discharge printed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-33b4-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1170550

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