Le tisserand

Weaving seems to be a trade from another era: indeed, it dates back to prehistoric times when men, needing to cover their bodies, first wove and worked textile fibres to make clothes.

The weaver, whose work consists in interlacing threads in order to create fabrics, dominated the world before industrialisation at the beginning of the 19th century: in the countryside and in particular in the regions where woolly animals or natural fibres were very developed, the weaver was a worker like any other, weaving incessantly cotton, linen or wool to the rhythm of long hard days, mostly from home.

The weaver’s trade which is still alive in many Asian, African and South American countries, has become rarer in Europe and North America, with the industrialisation and the automation of the weaving process. Today in France, there are around sixty who practice the trade by hand, principally in the regions which have a strong textile tradition (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Midi-Pyrénées, Rhône-Alpes…) These survivors, who use a manual loom which is worked with both the hands and legs, have moved away from the ordinary to produce the extraordinary: copies of ancient cloths, rare and precious fabrics, sampling, prototypes, artistic textiles destined for clothes or furniture. Weaving on average four meters of cloth a day, the weaving with a manual loom reveals a patience, a skill, and a precision unlike any other.

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