H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s "Fish Skin" design; "Orchid Tissue Velvet"

H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s "Fish Skin" design; "Orchid Tissue Velvet"

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A length of H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s "Fish Skin" design, printed on "Orchid Tissue Velvet". This is a sheer, almost transparent plain weave ground, double-woven pile fabric with a Japan silk ground and a rayon pile (fabric quality #832). The allover pattern of scales reminiscent of "Fish skin". Manufacturer's pattern number 666.color # 11 (mulberry, gold, tan, black). The manufacturer's description of the process is: "The fabric is piece-dyed for discharge (meaning with a special dye) in a ground color, and the pile made to lie in one direction. The fabric is then run through the printing machine where the pattern is printed on the pile surface, which is afterward erected and finished. With the colors put on in the printing process is mixed a discharge chemical which removes or bleaches the ground color where it is not wanted in the pattern."
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Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
pink (overall color)
red (overall color)
black (overall color)
gray (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
green ground (overall color)
transparent velvet (overall style)
double pile woven (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
Migel-Mallinson Silks
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National Museum of American History
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