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

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

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Skein of dyed silk schappe yarn for weaving, in "American Beauty" red. Mfrs' tag reads "Schappe. Used in manufacturing velvets." The term "Schappe" refers to a method of processing waste silk fibers (leftovers from other processes). Schappe was used in the pile yarn for manufacturing of velvets, as it was both less expensive and easily finished as a soft surface. One of 66 examples of silk yarns of various types, dyed in the skein.. Original sample # 61. 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
silk skein
date made
National Silk Dyeing Co.
place made
United States: New Jersey, Paterson
overall: 2 in x 2 7/8 in x 13 3/4 in; 5.08 cm x 7.3025 cm x 34.925 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
Credit Line
Gift of National Silk Dyeing Co.
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
American Silk Industry
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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