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Textile, Americana Print: It, 1925

This is a textile. It was company: Stehli Silk Corporation and designed by Kneeland (Ruzzie) Green. It is dated 1925 and we acquired it in 1937. Its medium is medium: silk technique: printed by engraved roller label: silk printed by engraved roller. It is a part of the Textiles department.

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 object was donated by Marian Hague and catalogued by Gillian Moss. It is credited Gift of Marian Hague.

Its dimensions are

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

Cite this object as

Textile, Americana Print: It, 1925. Medium: silk Technique: printed by engraved roller Label: silk printed by engraved roller. Gift of Marian Hague. 1937-1-6.

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