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Skein of Artificial Silk; National Silk Dyeing Co.; 1913

Skein of Artificial Silk; National Silk Dyeing Co.; 1913

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Skein of dyed artificial silk (regenerated cellulose fiber, known after 1923 as rayon), in "Cardinal" red. One of 66 examples of silk yarns of various types, dyed in the skein.. Original sample # 52. This is a very early example of the availability of artificial silk fiber on a commercial basis. At this time the fiber's extreme shine and smoothness made it useful only as an accent to natural fiber fabrics - it was not used on its own. From a group of 145 samples of silk fabrics and yarns of various types, weaves, uses, and origins donated in 1913 by the National Silk Dyeing Co., of Paterson, New Jersey (America's "Silk City"), which was one of the largest and most comprehensive silk dyeing and printing firms in the U.S.,
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Object Name
yarn skein
artificial silk
date made
National Silk Dyeing Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
overall: 1 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in; 4.1275 cm x 6.35 cm x 34.29 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of National Silk Dyeing Co.
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
American Silk Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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