Soie Pirate

Soie Pirate

The Fabric Designs of Abraham Ltd.

This volume presents the most beautiful fabric designs of Abraham Ltd., one of the most famous companies in Switzerland’s silk trade.


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Title Information

Edited by the Swiss National Museum. Introduction by Sigrid Pallmert

1st edition

, 2010

Text English and German


216 pages, 329 color and 63 b/w illustrations

24 x 32.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-313-8


Textiles are one of Switzerland’s oldest industries, and one of the biggest names in Switzerland’s silk trade has been Abraham Ltd. This book draws from their vast archives that are now kept at the Swiss National Museum in Zürich to document the fascinating history of this influential enterprise.

Soie Pirate: The Fabric Designs of Abraham Ltd. presents illustrations of the designs, patterns, and samples of the fabrics produced by Abraham Ltd. but also images of the elegant dresses created from their fabrics—dresses from such couturiers as Cristobál Balenciaga, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givency, Yves Saint Laurent, and Emanuel Ungaro.

The book was published to coincide with an exhibition at the Swiss National Museum in Zürich.


Also available as a two-volume set with Soie Pirate: The History of Abraham Ltd.

Authors & Editors

Sigrid Pallmert

 (1957–2012) has been curator of textiles, costume, jewelery, and toys at the Swiss National Museum / Landesmuseum Zürich.