Cheney Brothers Printed "Sweetbriar" silk, "Egyptian Stripe" design, 1917

Cheney Brothers Printed "Sweetbriar" silk, "Egyptian Stripe" design, 1917

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A length of Cheney Brothers printed "Sweetbriar" tradename silk. Lightweight, plain weave fabric. Design No 78364, "Egyptian Stripe". Color No. 6072/6. The design features vertical stripes, alternating rows of stylized cartouches with hieroglyphics, with bands of scenes from Ancient Egyptian wall paintings separated by architectural elements, flanked by narrow stripes made up of small squares. Colors; green, rose, blue, white, and black. (W. 30 in., L. 36 in.). The limited and somewhat subdued color palette of the 1917 silks may represent the state of the American Dye industry at this stage of World War I, when it was struggling to develop independently of German dye technology.
Object Name
fabric length
printed silk
date made
Cheney Brothers
place made
United States: Connecticut, Manchester, South Manchester
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave, printed (overall production method/technique)
black (overall color)
blue (overall color)
white (overall color)
green (overall color)
pink (overall color)
overall: 36 in x 30 in; 91.44 cm x 76.2 cm
ID Number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Cheney Brothers
American Textile Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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