Prints of Provence cotton fabric Markets
Inspire: Art & CultureMargo LestzShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Discover the History of the Prints of Provence: “Les Indiennes”

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: How could a fabric that originated in India, was copied by Armenians, and outlawed in France become a symbol of Provence? The kaleidoscope of cotton fabrics that punctuate the Provençal markets today, just seem to shout “southern France.” They are decorated with cicadas, olives, …

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Souleiado Museum Printed Fabrics les Indiennes
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Printed Provencal Fabrics the Indiennes of Provence

It is impossible to visit a market in Provence without seeing sellers of tablecloths, napkins, and other items for home decor. As a word of warning, beware of quality and place of origin as you may not be buying made-in-Provence products. The original printed Provencal fabrics were called les Indiennes. …

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Souvenirs from Provence Market Bags
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Souvenirs to Take Home from Provence

What should I take home from Provence? Expect a sensory overload on your first (and every) visit to Provence. In mid-summer, purple-blue lavender rows contour the landscape. Market stalls brim with seasonal produce from blood-red cherries in the spring to the makings for ratatouille in late summer. Then there is …

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Holiday Gift Guide for the Home from Provence

It’s that time of year. The kids are searching for “Elf on a Shelf,” or fighting over whose turn it is to open the advent calendar. At the same time, mum and dad are juggling corporate holiday parties and trying to burn off the eggnog. The countdown is on for …

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Provencal Fabrics Easy EntertainingCotton rectangular-tablecloths
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Provencal Fabrics for Easy Summer Entertaining

Provencal Fabrics on Sale! Hot summer days and warm evenings beg for hassle-free entertaining – picnics, garden parties. Table settings to match the season makes outdoor dining easy. Today bright, cotton Provencal prints mirror images of the region; the cigale (cicada), lavender, sunflowers, and olives. Until July 31st, Remember Provence …

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Author Georgeanne Brennan Provence Lifestyle villa entry
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Provencal Lifestyle Discovery with Author Georgeanne Brennon

Books for Food Lovers Georgeanne Brennan’s CV of accomplishments in culinary and literary circles is awe-inspiring. This talented lady has written and co-authored over 30 books. She won the prestigious James Beard Award (Best International Cookbook) in 1998 for The Food and Flavors of Haute Provence. Her articles have appeared …

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Expat Living in Provence Provence Lavender Fields Vaucluse Dreamer
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExpat Living and Real EstateLiving in Provence

Dreams of Expat Living in Provence Became Reality For Vaucluse Dreamer

Sometimes you wake up suddenly from a dream only for it to disappear from grasp, but in other cases, that vision becomes clearer with time. What if your dream was to live in Provence? Over 25 years ago, Julie Whitmarsh and her husband Andy visited the Vaucluse for the first …

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Provencal Artisan Traditions Lavender Fuseaux Provence
Ginger and NutmegInspire: Art & CultureShopping & Gifts from the South of France

Provencal Artisan Traditions Fabrics and Lavender Fuseaux

It was a solo visit for Nutmeg. Ginger had no interest in the Souleiado fabric museum in Tarascon. The display provides a historical overview of their fabrics and methods of textile printing.  The lighting in the small museum could be improved, and the information provided could be more explicit. The history …

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