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What is this?

Strip of printed dress silk with an overall pattern of the word 'it' in various sizes in green on an off-white ground, sometimes overlapping to give blue.

Why is this in our collection?

Americana Prints was the brainchild of Kneeland “Ruzzie” Green, who designed It and a few other text-based patterns for the collection. As Art Director for Stehli Silks, Green saw firsthand the prevalence of uninspired, watered-down copies of French designs on the American silk market. That troublesome trend, and a trip to the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs (in which the United States chose not to participate), seem to have inspired Green to put together a defiantly American collection.

As the name of this collection suggests, the designs were meant to be patriotic, but in a less traditional sense, as they referenced jazz and urban life and evoked a general sense of movement and energy. Some of the Americana Prints featured direct references to American life, while others were inspired by a truly American sense of ingenuity, like in Edward Steichen’s patterns, which were based on photographs of everyday objects and the shadows they created.

This is a textile from United States. It is dated 1925 and we acquired it in 1937. Gift of Marian Hague.

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Its medium is

medium: silk technique: printed by engraved roller label: silk printed by engraved roller

Its dimensions are

H x W: 24.4 x 99.1 cm (9 5/8 x 39 in.)

This object was company: Stehli Silk Corporation and designed by Kneeland (Ruzzie) Green

This object was donated by Marian Hague and catalogued by Gillian Moss

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