Scarf Sample (France), mid-19th century
In 1856, 18-year-old chemist William Henry Perkin accidentally discovered the first synthetic dye while searching for a treatment for malaria. His experiment failed but left behind an oily residue that stained silk a brilliant purple he called mauvine. Synthetic purple dyes soon took the fashion world by storm.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Barbara Rogoff.
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Its dimensions are
H x W: 40.5 x 44 cm (15 15/16 x 17 5/16 in.)
Cite this object as
Scarf Sample (France), mid-19th century; silk; H x W: 40.5 x 44 cm (15 15/16 x 17 5/16 in.); Gift of Barbara Rogoff; 1981-1-23
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.