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This fabric reflects the popularity of the Ballets Russes, which performed in Paris for the first time in 1909 and created a sensation with its exotic costumes and set designs. The bright colors and orientalist designs influenced the decorative arts and especially fashion throughout the 1910s and into the 1920s. The bright oranges and greens are typical of orientalism.

French maker
Length with Russian Architectural Design, ca. 1910-20
Silk; plain weave, supplementary weft patterning

Gift of Edward Cella



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