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"Niagara Falls" dress silk, Mallinson's National Park series

"Niagara Falls" dress silk, Mallinson's National Park series

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Description
A length of jacquard-patterned, over-printed Khaki Kool (H.R. Mallinson & Co. trade name). A rough surface jacquard figured crepe fabric woven with warp of tussah silk and weft of tussah loosely twisted with a silk crepe yarn. Printed with allover design depicting Niagara Falls in cool colors on a white ground. In late 1926 American silk manufacturer H.R. Mallinson & Co. introduced a bold new line of printed silks, twelve landscape designs, each available in from eight to twelve colorways (color combinations) on three different ground fabrics. The designs celebrated America's national parks - then only a decade old. The designs represented all the usual styles necesssary for making clothing: allover prints, horizontal stripes, checks, a border design, etc. The waterfalls, rainbows, and swirling waters of Niagara Falls are framed in a reserve of flowers and foliage.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
1927
maker
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
tussah silk (overall material)
blue (overall color)
ecru (overall color)
jacquard weave; cylinder printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 36 in; 91.44 cm x 91.44 cm
ID Number
TE.T05578
accession number
95522
catalog number
T05578.000
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
subject
National Parks
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Mallinson's National Parks
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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