Mallinson's Morocco series dress silk; "Kutubia"

Mallinson's Morocco series dress silk; "Kutubia"

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Length of Mallinson's Morocco series dress silk, printed silk crepe:"Kutubia". Smooth lustrous plain weave weighted silk fabric made with crepe weft yarn as in flat crepe. Company #s - fabric quality #450; pattern #3546; color #13. Printed design in pink, brown, and white of an architectural motif and palm tree pattern named for Kutubia Tower, of a mosque in Marrakech, built in 1063 A.D.. One of H.R. Mallinson's 1930 "Morocco" print series, inspired by the film starring Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich, which was nomiated for 4 Academy Awards in 1931.
Once the Great Depression took hold in 1930, textile companies attempted to remain profitable by cutting costs, including moving from "Pure Dye" to "Weighted" silks: weighting meant adding a chemical to the dye bath that was absorbed by the silk and made it fel somewhat heavier and of a better quality.
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Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
1931
maker
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
crepe (overall style)
rose (overall color)
brown (overall color)
white (overall color)
plain weave; cylinder-printed (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 36 in x 38 in; 91.44 cm x 96.52 cm
ID Number
TE.T06749
accession number
112893
catalog number
T06749.000
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
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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