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

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

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A H Straus & Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, Renaissance design; 1917. Luxor taffeta made by A H Straus and Company. A lustrous, reversible fabric with a discharge printed, "composite design of the old French School. Example of textile industry of the 14th and 15th centuries." Stripes of faded dye throughout the length. Colors are green, yellow, and black on a 'lucifer' (dark bluish-red) ground. Stripes of alternating green pine cone and gold roundel motifs are separated from each other by 1.25 inches and are parallel to the selvedge edge. The ground is printed in two shades of 'lucifer' - with a palmette pomegranate ogee design taken from Renaiisance damasks and velvets. carefully situated between the more brightly colored stripes.
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)
green (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
black (overall color)
dark red 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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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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