Wahnetah Silk Co "Puppy Skin" dress silk length; 1915.

Wahnetah Silk Co "Puppy Skin" dress silk length; 1915.

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Wahnetah Silk Co "Puppy Skin" dress silk length; solid rose pink color. 1915. Silk dress goods; tradename "Puppy Skin". A fine, soft plain weave silk; yarn dyed fabric resembling taffeta but without prominent weftwise ribs. Tradename "Puppy Skin" woven in white in selvedge. Some tears and punctiures throughout. Included in drawer are two identical advertising color cards titled "About 'Puppy Skin' Silk". It descirbes "Puppy Skin" as combining the essential qualities of taffeta as well as satin and is partiuclarly adaptable for dancing frocks and afternoon dresses. The middle of the color card shows 18 shades, half of which are pastels and the others are darker colors like navy and black. The color sample of Rose is the same color as the fabric length. The back of the card includes address information. The card was distributed by W. M. Alford and Sons.
In 1890 the Wahnetah Silk Company was created to manufacture silks in Catasauqua, PA. The business employed 550 employees on 750 looms by 1918. The silk mill closed business operations in 1935.
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Object Name
Fabric Length
fabric length
Date made
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
rose (overall color)
white (overall color)
"puppy skin" (overall style)
yarn dyed; plain weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of W M Alford and Sons
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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