Philadelphia designer Adam Konigsberg is known for his sumptuous, exotic florals as well as extreme sports designs.
Raised in a progressive and creative household, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He uses his skill of visual exploration to create the fine silk and graphics designs in this collection.
About the Fabrics
The finest silk fibers are produced by “cultivated” silkworms which are raised in a controlled environment. The worms are fed a diet of mulberry leaves and increase their body size 10,000 times in their short life span. Once the cocoon is spun and before the worm hatches through the silk into a moth, the cocoon is soaked in hot water then unraveled, producing filaments that can be up to a mile long in size.
The raw silk is processed to remove the sericin – the natural “gum” that protects the fibers and causes them to stick to each other as the cocoon was spun.
The pure, natural silks Adam Konigsberg uses include:
1) Habotai, a plain weave fabric that is soft, flowing and translucent. The silk is imported from China, and then treated and dyed in the U.S. Habotai makes the most beautiful, soft flowing scarves and shawls. It can be found as lightweight as 5 mm and as heavy as 12 mm.
2) Crepe de chine, a lightweight fabric made by twisting fibers clockwise and counterclockwise and then weaving them in a plain-weave fabric. The twisted fibers give crepe its distinctive look and feel.
3) Jacquard silks offer various woven patterns using matte and reflective threads to create a light and dark effect. These are generally heavier weight and more densely woven.
4) Silk charmeuse, 19 mm pure silk organza used for the fall and winter collection. Silk charmeuse is imported from the East and then treated and dyed in the U.S. Charmeuse has even more drape than crepe de chine and works extremely well for scarves and ties.