"Sioux War Bonnet" discharge-printing process sample, Mallinson's American Indian series

"Sioux War Bonnet" discharge-printing process sample, Mallinson's American Indian series

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A length of all silk, "radium--like" plain weave fabric, Mallinson's "Pussy Willow", quality #5459-H. This process sample of an innovative discharge-printing technique illustrates the fabric after steaming which has dissolved and eliminated the dyed gray ground where the printed colors were applied and caused the printed colors to become not only fixed but more brilliant. This sample is from a group of six donated by the company to illustrate the discharge-printing process. Selvage width; selvage inscription. Judging from drawings by free-lance textile designer Walter Mitschke in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Mitschke designed this print and possibly a few others in the American Indian series.
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Object Name
fabric length (process sample)
Date made
H. R. Mallinson & Co. Inc.
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
plain weave; cylinder-printed (discharge and direct); steamed (overall production method/technique)
overall: 72 in x 40 in; 182.88 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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