A H Straus and Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, Peruvian design; 1917.

A H Straus and Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, Peruvian design; 1917.

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A H Straus & Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, Peruvian-inspired allover design; 1917. Luxor taffeta. A lustrous reversible discharge printed fabric with the design taken from a woven tissue of ancient Peru. Shows fantastical geometric forms. Colors include green, cerise, gold, and blue on a black ground. Overall effect is of alternating wavy and zigzagging patterned horizontal bands.
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)
cerise (overall color)
gold (overall color)
blue (overall color)
black 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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