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

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

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A H Straus & Co 'Luxor Taffeta' dress silk, Italian design; 1917.. Luxor taffetta. A lustrous reversible fabric with a discharge printed design in exact duplication of an Italian lining of the 14th century. Original in Vienna. Checked design in black, white, gray; checks are of 1 inch by 1.25 inches, alternating black and white. Checks either have floral or animal images in grey or white on a white or black contrasting background. Colors are shadow gray and black on a white ground. Printing continues onto the selvedge edge.
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)
black; gray (overall color)
white ground (overall color)
plain weave; cylinder 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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