Notice for Saturday, January 29: The museum will open at noon due to inclement weather.

M. C. Migel & Co., Inc. Mexixe series, "Mexican Hummingbird" dress silk, 1914

M. C. Migel & Co., Inc. Mexixe series, "Mexican Hummingbird" dress silk, 1914

Usage conditions apply
A length of M. C. Migel & Co., Inc. Mexixe series. Printed taffeta silk: "Mexixe Pussy Willow". Pure dye printed taffeta, design "Mexican Humming bird" in blue, purple, and red on "Montezuma Green." Printed dress silk with scattered design of stylized bird motifs in purple, orange, blue, red, and black on a yellow-green ground (avocado green). The Mexixe series was publicized as the first time an American textile company had utilized American design inspiration without looking to Paris first. The line was inspired by the prominence of Mexico and the US southwest in the news because of the US war against Pancho Villa.
M.C. Migel & Co., which in 1915 became H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc., was known for innovation in silk design and silk manufacturing technology.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
M. C. Migel & Co., Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
blue (overall color)
purple (overall color)
red (overall color)
green ground (overall color)
"Pussy Willow" taffeta (overall style)
plain weave; printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 39 in; 91.44 cm x 99.06 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of M.C. Migel & Co., Inc.
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object