William Skinner and Sons silk twill "Escape Parachute Cloth," or "Canopy Cloth", 1941.

William Skinner and Sons silk twill "Escape Parachute Cloth," or "Canopy Cloth", 1941.

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William Skinner and Sons "Escape Parachute Cloth," or "Canopy Cloth" white silk twill fabric length, 1941.
Lightweight, soft silk fabric used in making soldiers' parachutes. Commercial names: Escape Parachute Cloth or Canopy Cloth. Manufacturer's notes: Twill weave, 2 x 1. Quality Exp 302A, Lot No. 47539. Color white. Thread count 288 x 84. Used in World War II. Woven in Holyoke, MA by William Skinner and Sons. Small rivet-like indentions on one side of the length, spanning all the way across every few inches.
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Object Name
Fabric length
Fabric Length
"Escape Parachute Cloth," or "Canopy Cloth."
date made
place made
United States: New York, New York City
United States: Massachusetts, Holyoke
Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts, Holyoke
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
white (overall color)
twill weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 37 in x 37 in; 93.98 cm x 93.98 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of William Skinner and Sons
World War II
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
American Textile Industry
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National Museum of American History
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