"Dolly Madison" dress silk; Mallinson's George Washington Bicentennial series

"Dolly Madison" dress silk; Mallinson's George Washington Bicentennial series

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A length of printed pure dye silk crepe--soft lustrous, plain weave fabric #7102 (same construction as T 6943) pattern #3968 "Dolly Madison," one of the H.R. Mallinson & Co. George Washington Bicentennial celebratory prints. The wheat design in black and white on a yellow ground, is an adaptation of the brocaded pattern of a dress worn by Dolly Madison during the administration of James Madison. At the time this print series was introduced in 1931, this dress and others used for inspiration in this line of silk prints were on exhibition at the National Museum (now NMAH.)
Currently not on view
Object Name
Fabric, Printed
fabric length
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 (overall production method/technique)
overall: 36 in x 40 in; 91.44 cm x 101.6 cm
ID Number
catalog number
T (/) 6945
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of H.R. Mallinson & Co., Inc.
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
American Silk Industry
Migel-Mallinson Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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