A H Straus & Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, 'Saracenic' design; 1917.

A H Straus & Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, 'Saracenic' design; 1917.

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A H Straus and Co 'Luxor Taffeta" dress silk; yellow ground fabric length; 1917. Luxor taffeta by A H Straus and Co. A lustrous reversible fabric with a discharge printed design taken from a Saracenic fabric of the 13th century. Original at Vienna. Colors are purple, pink, greens, and black on a yellow-tan ground. Print shows birds (Senmerv and Phoenix?) with field of floral details in a very Chinese style, with 'flame-tipping' of floral tendrils and flower heads. Printing includes selvedge edge, which is so narrow it is barely visible.
A. H. Straus and Co. was active in the 1910s and 1920s. The company was based in New York City and was a premier importer and manufacturer of printed silks. Many fabric lengths in this collection have prints copied from ancient textiles.
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Date made
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
purple, pink (overall color)
greens (overall color)
black (overall color)
yellow ground (overall color)
plain weave, discharge-printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 41 in; 91.44 cm x 104.14 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of A H Straus and Company
American Textile Industry
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Textile Industry
American Silk Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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