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H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s Aster design "Orchid Tissue Velvet"

H.R. Mallinson & Co.'s Aster design "Orchid Tissue Velvet"

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A length of printed rayon pile, silk ground transparent velvet fabric: Mallinson's "Orchid Tissue Velvet": Sheer plain weave silk ground with double-woven rayon pile.. Discharge printed in an allover, dense floral effect, of aster heads in greens on a white ground. The mfr # for the fabric is #832; the mfr # for the design is #2689. Transparent velvet was introduced in the 1920s as a marketing name for solid cut pile on a sheer ground, usually a rayon pile and silk ground, giving the fabric a very soft hand.. 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."
H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc. was known in the silk industry for innovation in both design and technology.
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Object Name
Fabric Length
Date made
H R Mallinson and Company, Incorporated
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
rayon (overall material)
silk (overall material)
green (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
blue (overall color)
transparent velvet (overall style)
double woven pile (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
T (/) 5754 (/) B
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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