5 skeins of raw silk, reeled; ca. 1900

5 skeins of raw silk, reeled; ca. 1900

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5 skeins of yellow raw silk filament, reeled. Transferred from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture sericulture display, Bureau of Entomology, July 9, 1912.
At various points in American history, from colonial times onward, people experimented with sericulture - meaning the raising of silkworms and reeling of silk filaments from silkworm cocoons. At first it was hoped that this silk could be shipped to Great Britain for use in its silk textile manufacturing industry. Experiments in the 1760s and after, into the early 20th century, hoped to raise enough silk to support an American silk textile industry. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, efforts in California and other (primarily) western states were supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a display in the department's headquarters building in Washington, DC. The display also highlighted the imports of raw silk from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East that most manufacturers used in their products. The contents of the display were transferred to the (then) U.S. National Museum in 1912, for exhibition in the Textile Hall, as educational background for the exhibition of silk textiles manufactured in the US.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
silk skeins
raw silk
silk skeins, batch of
date made
ca. 1900
Measurements
overall: 2 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in x 5 3/4 in; 6.35 cm x 29.845 cm x 14.605 cm
ID Number
TE.T01111.000
catalog number
T01111.000
accession number
54306
catalog number
T1111
Credit Line
Transfer from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1912
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silks
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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