Cheney Brothers Printed "Samara" Dress Silk, 1916

Cheney Brothers Printed "Samara" Dress Silk, 1916

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Cheney Brothers Printed "Samara" Dress Silk, 1916 Light thin plain weave. Printed with a scattered floral motif of a stem with long leaves and many small flower heads, similar to a lily of the valley, but the flowers are star-shaped, in white on a blue ground. Discharge or blotch print? The white and the blue are clear on both sides.
Original cataloging: Printed Samara silk. A showerproof plain weave fabric with a subdued satiny sheen. Floral pattern in white on a dark blue ground. Width: 40"
NB: In the early 20th century several "showerproof' silks were introduced by different firms. This meant that the finish would not wash out of a garment if the wearer was caught in the rain.
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Object Name
printed silk
fabric length
date made
Cheney Brothers
place made
United States: Connecticut, Manchester, South Manchester
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
blue; white (overall color)
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
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Cheney Brothers
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silk Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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