Bonjour Lyon! This past weekend we took to the road to meet the artisans who print and hand-stitch our homewares among the beaujolais vineyards and vivid green hills of the Rhone-Alps region.
Lyon was once the heart of silk production in France and has a strong history of luxurious textile production and design. Although the silk trade has left the town, it’s historical impact echoes through the architecture of the city and Lyon’s lasting reputation as the source for the most beautiful fabrics available in France today.
Before we had a chance to indulge in the Lyonnaise cuisine, we left town and sped through the gorgeous countryside to greet our artisans in person. We were met with the kind of warm welcome you can expect throughout the French provinces and were invited to take a tour of the facilities.
Although our manufacturers are situated among the regional farmers and winemakers, their printing technologies are thoroughly modern. Rooms after rooms were filled with various generations of digital printers used for interior and fashion fabrics.
One essential stem in the printing process was a specialised, steam-filled room used to heat and wash fabric to ensure the inks penetrate the threads to make for a long lasting and durable printed design without compromising the quality of the textile.
Bolts of colourful textiles lined the walls of the workshop where products are hand-stitched and crafted into beautiful products. The ladies we met were absolutely lovely and took great pride in the workmanship they’ve mastered over the years to be able to produce soft-furnishings with an exceptional quality.
A specialised scanner filled another room where 3D objects as large as doors could be scanned and converted into photo-realistic images especially used for digital printing. Impressive!
We were thoroughly impressed by the level of workmanship we saw throughout the tour and the genuine passion of everyone working on projects at each stage of the design process. We can’t wait to see our finished products and are excited to be one step closer to finally launching our first collection.
Look out for the next blog post covering the Croix-Rousse créateur district and the Musée des Tissus et des Arts décoratifs in Lyon.