"Pekin" dress silk, A "Martine" design by Duplan

"Pekin" dress silk, A "Martine" design by Duplan

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A "Martine" silk by the Duplan Silk Company of Hazleton, PA. This design titled "Pekin", on charmeuse, a lightweight satin weave silk. Printed design ofwide and narrow irregular stripes in yellow, chartreuse green, blue, brown, and black. This example was cylinder printed. Duplan's publicity touts this series of silk dress fabrics as "Woven, printed, and finished in the US, sold and delivered in Paris and London. Designs by the Martine School of Decorative Art, Paris, France. Directed, owned, and personally supervised by Mr. Paul Poiret, who is universally acknowledged as the greatest creator of women's fashions of the present century." In the press these were called "Futurist Flowers", and there were supposedly 8 designs in total that Duplan licensed from Poiret. The NMAH Textiles collection holds six samples, four designs, two designs in two colorways on two different ground cloths.
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fabric length
Fabric Length
date made
Duplan Silk Corporation
Poiret, Paul
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Hazleton
Associated Place
United States: New Jersey, Allentown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
chartreuse (overall color)
blue (overall color)
taupe (overall color)
black (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
satin weave (overall production method/technique)
cylinder 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 the Duplan Silk Company
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Duplan Silk Co.
American Silks
American Textile Industry
American Silk Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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