Abraham

It was a textile fabric widely known for creating silk for designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Christobal Balenciaga and Coco Chanel.

It was founded in the XIXth century, around 1878, by Jakob Abraham.

In 1943, it became a limited company, with its headquarters in Zurich. In that same year, Gustav Zumsteg became the company director.

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Gustav Zumsteg around 1955

The fabric gained fame for distributing silk for the international high fashion and prêt-à-porter circle.

Other than silk, Abraham fabric also manufactured cotton, wool, rayon, jacquard and jersey.

Thanks to Zumsteg, the fabric became one of the most important ones of its time. He was an important and well known person among designers and fashion businessmen. And was responsible for beautiful patterns, inspired specially, but not only, by nature and art.

In the 90s the partnership with Yves Saint Laurent was over, and the fabric was loosing money. In 2002 they were forced to close their doors.

Zumsteg died in 2005 with 89 years.

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Yves Saint Laurent, summer of 1967

In the image above we see two models wearing Yves Saint Laurent for the summer of 1967 made with Abrahams silk.

In the images below are some patterns designed by the fabric:

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Reference book of 1967 summer collection
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Summer collection of 1964
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Scrapbook made by the company to maintain its archives.
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Floral pattern
A dress by Yves Saint Laurent, summer 1994. Photographer unknown.
Yves Saint Laurent, summer 1994, with Abrahams fabric.
Printed gazar, summer 1971. Silk and etamine, printed shantung
Summer 1971, gazar.
printed kwana, summer 1967, printed twill dupioni
Printed twill, summer 1967
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Monochromatic prints.
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Black and White prints.
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Plaid prints.

Bibliography: Callan, Georgina O’Hara; Enciclopédia da Moda: De 1840 À Década de 90: Companhia das Letras, 2010.

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/the-rise-and-fall-of-a-silk-empire/28623044

http://littleaugury.blogspot.com/2011/04/silk-pirates-abraham-gustav-zumsteg.html

https://culturedarling.com/tag/textiles/

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/a-touch-of-glamour/28591412

https://amodaresumida.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/abraham/

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