Skein of Schappe Silk; National Silk Dyeing Co.; 1913


Skein of dyed silk schappe yarn for weaving, in black. Mfrs' tag reads "Schappe. Used in manufacturing velvets." The term "Schappe" refers to a method of processing waste silk fibers (leftovers from other processes). Schappe was used in the pile yarn for manufacturing of velvets, as it was both less expensive and easily finished as a soft surface. One of 66 examples of silk yarns of various types, dyed in the skein.. Original sample # 66. From a group of 145 samples of silk fabrics and yarns of various types, weaves, uses, and origins donated in 1913 by the National Silk Dyeing Co., of Paterson, New Jersey (America's "Silk City"), which was one of the largest and most comprehensive silk dyeing and printing firms in the U.S.

Date Made: 1913

Maker: National Silk Dyeing Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Paterson

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


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Credit Line: Gift of National Silk Dyeing Co.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T01600.000Catalog Number: T01600.000Accession Number: 55134Catalog Number: T1600Collector/Donor Number: 66

Object Name: silk skein

Measurements: overall: 2 1/4 in x 3 in x 13 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 7.62 cm x 33.655 cm


Record Id: nmah_648017

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