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Fragment

A work made of silk, satin weave with supplementary patterning warps and pile warps forming cut voided velvet.
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  • A work made of silk, satin weave with supplementary patterning warps and pile warps forming cut voided velvet.

Date:

1838/1855

Artist:

Designed by Gertrude Rapp (American, 1808–1889)
Woven by the Harmony Society (American, founded in Germany, 1785-1916)

About this artwork

This work exemplifies American efforts toward domestic silk production in the early 19th century. At the time, some Americans expressed concern that the importation of luxury goods, such as silk, from Europe, did not properly showcase the nation’s greatness. Under the direction of Gertrude Rapp, members of the Harmony Society, a small pious sect of Lutheran immigrants, raised silkworms and wove silk textiles. Although members supposedly had no interest in fashion or luxury, this colorful silk velvet demonstrates their dedication to self-sufficiency.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Artist

Gertrude Rapp (Designer)

Title

Fragment

Place

United States (Object made in)

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Made 1838–1855

Medium

Silk, satin weave with supplementary patterning warps and pile warps forming cut voided velvet

Dimensions

24.4 × 47 cm (9 5/8 × 18 1/2 in.); Repeat: 11.6 × 5.1 cm (4 5/8 × 2 in.)

Credit Line

Acquired by exchange from the Scalamandré Museum

Reference Number

1952.502

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