Martha Ryther for H.R. Mallinson; novelty silk, "The Development of the Loom"

Martha Ryther for H.R. Mallinson; novelty silk, "The Development of the Loom"

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A length of a novelty printed silk, Mallinson trade name "Mandarin Crepe." This is a plain weave having a distinct cross thread. The design, which was hand block-printed, is titled "The Development of the Loom," and within reserves created by stylized modernist flowers sit three types of looms: hand loom, early power loom, jacquard loom - all captioned. Figures in period-appropriate dress also inhabit the reserves with the looms. The treatment is modernist, with bold lines, stylized flower forms, and a loose, painterly style of drawing and coloring. The captions and selvage inscription are in black in a freehand printed style. Designed by Martha Ryther for Mallinson.
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Fabric Length
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
tan ground (overall color)
plain weave; block printed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
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accession number
catalog number
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
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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