Lavender Wands at La Maison FRANC in Lourmarin
By Caroline Longstaffe:
When Philippe Franc, the owner of La Maison FRANC first came to live in Pertuis, near Lourmarin, his neighbor welcomed him with a gift, a lavender wand or Coeur de Lavande. It was a defining moment and the first step in a story which led to the opening of his exquisite shop in Lourmarin, La Maison FRANC (see address details below).
Continue reading here to see her photos of this beautiful boutique in Lourmarin. Discover the Coeur de Lavande and how they are made by hand. Often called fuseaux de lavande, these keepsakes are an old traditional handicraft made with stems of freshly-cut Provencal lavender.
Lavender wands, fuseaux in French, served a very practical purpose to keep mites and moths away from clothes. Today, although the wands can keep the bugs away, they also make for beautiful keepsakes or dried arrangements.
Make a Coeur de Lavande
The lavender stems are then counted and cleaned of any tiny shoots, by hand. The fragrant bundle is then tied just below the flowers with a piece of ribbon. Then each stem is folded over the lavender buds “capturing” the flowers inside. The final step is to weave a bright ribbon through the stems covering the entire packet. The result is a lavender fuseaux, essentially shaped like a baby’s rattle. Even after years of practice, it takes about one hour to make each lavender wand. A perfect hostess gift, a special table setting, a present for your mum or a girlfriend.
The lavender wands (coeurs de lavande) will last forever.
- 100 % French lavender
- 100 % handmade
- 100% traditional