Mallinson's "Javanesque" series; block-printed silk

Mallinson's "Javanesque" series; block-printed silk

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Description
A length of block printed Mallinson trade name "Indestructible" voile. A sheer plain weave silk fabric ornamented with an allover conventionalized flower design (imitating batik work) in American Beauty (bright pink) outlined with white on a purple ground. Batik (a wax-resist dyeing technique, known by that name in Indonesia) was very popular in the US and Europe during the late 1910s and early 1920s. H.R. Mallinson was one of several textile manufacturers to create imitations of the hand-crafted batik characteristics through mechanical means. This textile has a very large repeat and according to the manufacturer was hand block-printed. There is a break in the design on one edge, which may indicate that the length was engineered for a particular use, with this unpatterned section meant for an opening of some kind.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
1919
maker
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
bright pink (overall color)
white (overall color)
purple ground (overall color)
plain weave; block printed (overall production method/technique)
faux batik (overall style)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 38 in; 91.44 cm x 96.52 cm
ID Number
TE.T04145
accession number
63914
catalog number
T04145.000
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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