60 weavers left in once textile-rich France

Monique Demazière weaving
Monique Demazière works at the loom in her shop, Brins-de-Laine, in Autoire, Lot

Crafts in focus: Life as a tisserand or weaver is ideal for some but it has drawbacks and now only a few are left

Monique Demazière is one of a very small number of professional weavers in France.

The Institut de Métiers d’Art estimates there are about 60, who are mostly installed in regions where there is a strong textile tradition, such as Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Occitanie, Hauts-de-France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Brittany, Grand-Est.

They produce household textiles, clothes or artistic pieces, which they sell direct, either in their own shop, or at trade fairs or in markets. Sometimes, they might be asked to reproduce an antique fabric or a high- quality fabric for an interior decorating company.

Some specialise in samples for companies who will then reproduce them on an industrial scale and some specialise in artistic pieces.

There is no denying it can be difficult ...

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