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Provencal Artisan Traditions Fabrics and Lavender Fuseaux

Contributor blog post by Nutmeg:

The bright tablecloths and matching napkins that you see in most Provencal markets make for wonderful gifts, even if you keep them for yourself. Although today, many of these patterns are fabricated in factories, and not always in France (buyer beware) there is a strong tradition of textile printing in Provence. The history of Indian fabrics in the region began with fabric imports in the late 16th century.  The brightly coloured, patterned cloths were cherished when they first arrived. French production of East Indian-inspired patterns started in Marseille in 1648. Read more about the Souleiado fabric museum in Tarascon here.

Fabric of #Provence @PerfProvence

Fabric of #Provence @PerfProvence Fabric of #Provence @PerfProvence

Lavender has been a mainstay in Provence since the time of the Romans, who were already convinced of the plant’s beneficial qualities. During the peak of the lavender season (summer), you might be fortunate enough to stumble across someone in a market creating traditional lavender fuseaux. If so, make sure to stock up, this 18-century artisan craft – they are beautiful and last forever… Continue reading here for more information about the lavender fuseaux shaped like a baby’s rattle.

Lavender Fuseaux #Lavender @PerfProvence


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Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

Carolyne Kauser-Abbott

With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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