Paris Exposition

An Anonymous, Yet Patriotic Textile Design


The designer and manufacturer of this textile are unknown, but the subject is telling of the cultural climate that produced it. If I didn’t know its approximate date, I might have guessed it was designed in the 1930s.
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A Conscious Shift from French Tradition


Part of an iconic collection of designs known as the Americana Prints, It, with its typographic subject and nod to cubism, represents a conscious shift away from traditional French silk design. French manufacturers had long dominated the silk industry, while American silk producers got by hiring artisans to merely copy French designs. Americana Prints intended to challenge that system.
silk, Americana, silk printing, Paris Exposition, Kneeland Greene, jazz