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William Skinner and Sons "Foundation Satin" silk corset double face peach fabric length; 1932.

William Skinner and Sons "Foundation Satin" silk corset double face peach fabric length; 1932.

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William Skinner and Sons "Foundation Satin" silk corset double face peach fabric length; 1932. Stiff, heavy, close, lustrous, double face, satin weave fabric made of all silk yarns. Piece dyed peach. Selvedge says "Skinner's" in same color, only on one edge of the fabric. Commercially known as "Foundation Satin" and used for corsetry.
William Skinner emigrated from England to Massachusetts in 1843, finding work as silk dyer. He eventually opened his own silk manufacturing company, the Unquomonk Silk Co., making silk threads and yarns for weaving and sewing. In 1874, the mill was destroyed when the Mill River Dam gave way. Skinner moved his company a few miles away, to Holyoke, Massachusetts, and rebuilt the mill, expanding production to include woven fabrics (Skinner satins were nationally famous) and silk braids. He ran the company until his death in 1902, and the firm stayed in the family, and remained in operation in Holyoke, until 1961, when his heirs sold it to Indian head Mills, which immediately closed the Holyoke operation.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric
Fabric Length
fabric length
Fabric length
date made
1932
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Holyoke
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
peach (overall color)
satin weave; double face (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
TE.T06942
accession number
117978
catalog number
T06942.000
Credit Line
Gift of William Skinner and Sons
subject
American Textile Industry
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Textile Industry
American Silk Industry
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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