William Skinner and Sons midnight blue nylon twill "Combat Cloth"; 1946

William Skinner and Sons midnight blue nylon twill "Combat Cloth"; 1946

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William Skinner and Sons Nylon twill "Combat Cloth" fabric length 1946.
Fine, smooth, slightly stiff, close fabric. Used for soles of electrically headed shoes, casualty blankets, coating purposes for government development, football pants, and basketball uniforms. See T09 669.000 (Football pants) for application of fabric in different color. Commercially known as Combat Cloth. 2 fabric lengths included; one is 144 inches in length and the other is 36 inches. The longer one has a handstitched hem at the top similar to a curtain and was likely used as a display in a store. It has visible deterioration of color due to sun exposure. The wrong side of the fabric has dirt stains, also likely from being on display. The color is Midnight Blue.
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Object Name
Nylon Twill: "Combat Cloth"
Fabric length
Fabric Length
date made
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Holyoke
Associated Place
United States: Massachusetts, Holyoke
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
nylon (overall material)
Midnight Blue (overall color)
twill weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 144 in x 38 in; 365.76 cm x 96.52 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of William Skinner and Sons
American Textile Industry
World War II
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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