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The Mezzaro & Other Textiles (an update)

The person you see in the video is J.C. Bordes. He’s a local artisan with shops here in Mazamet, in Labastide Rouairoux and in Albi – and he makes woodblock printed fabrics the old fashioned way (watch the video, it’s interesting). His shop’s name is Les Toiles de la Montagne Noir (fabrics of the Black Mountain.) I’ve mentioned him before as I love the shop and our summer guests got us a wonderful set of towels from there last year. I contacted him regarding the Palampore/Mezzaro panels from number 42 to get his opinion, and he was extremely helpful. He dated them to the first half of the 19th century and attributed them to the atelier of Luigi Testori in Genova. So they’re definitely Mezzaros and not Palampores. Here’s a decent picture:

Also in textiles this week… here’s an exceptionally fine Aubusson piece. It looks very much like the work of Sallandrouze de Lamornaix. You might know the name because of the very famous Elephant Tapestry at the Louvre (of which reproductions are very popular.) The choice of flowers, foliage and colours are all very Sallandrouze, particularly the wisteria and morning glories (very uncommon in tapestries.)

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20 comments on “The Mezzaro & Other Textiles (an update)

  1. Kris Jennings
    March 8, 2018

    I love it when you share your knowledge, which is a unique combination of art/design, history and economics. It brings a depth to beautiful objects.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 8, 2018

      Those are indeed my three areas of interest 🙂 And also my educational history (but the other way around.) I started with business admin, then art history, then design – and now my head is just one enormous muddled mess 😀

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      • Kris Jennings
        March 8, 2018

        The “coach” in me wants to support and encourage you for being brave to leap between very different subject areas. Far more depth and resilience than you give yourself credit for (generally). Thank you for sharing!

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      • The Pink Agendist
        March 8, 2018

        You’ve got two very, very lucky boys to have a coach like you around 😉

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  2. john zande
    March 8, 2018

    I hope he has children, or an apprentice he can pass that knowledge onto.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 8, 2018

      I think there’s an apprentice, not sure about children. I’ve met his wife at the shop, so it’s possible.

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    • acflory
      March 8, 2018

      I was just thinking the same thing, John. He would have so much knowledge – what to do and what not to do. Would hate to see it disappear into the aether.

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  3. coteetcampagne
    March 8, 2018

    Beautiful pieces and an interesting post. We plan a trip to Albi in the summer so I will look out for this.

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  4. davidprosser
    March 9, 2018

    A real craftsman at work.It’s good he was able to give a proper attribution to your mezzaro panels.They’re certainly a good age and from a good atelier.
    Hugs

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  5. Osyth
    March 10, 2018

    That really is a fascinating film but it is the Aubusson that has my heart … how I covert it. Which is all it will ever be for me but I can always dream ❤️

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  6. midihideaways
    March 12, 2018

    Love the Toile de la Montagne Noire shops – is the video taken in the Labastide shop?

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 12, 2018

      Yes, that’s where the big atelier is. Here in town they only have a small workshop at the back of the shop. And I think in Albi it’s just a sales point.

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  7. I really do like the Hammam towels at Les Toiles De La Montagne Noire. I REALLY like them. We had a vacation rental and the apartment had those towels and I marveled at how practical they are. Obviously you have to start with just the right cotton, and then the weave, but it was amazing how well they absorbed after a shower and they were not at all scratchy. I liked them for their practicality, you can store a lot of bathroom linen in not a lot of space. I’m not a fan of the fringe though, I think I would prefer they were finished in a simple tight weave.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 12, 2018

      I agree, I love them too. I’ve layered them over old fashioned fluffy towels so I can use whatever I’m in the mood for on a particular day 🙂

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  8. Bela Johnson
    March 13, 2018

    It must be amazing to be around such craftspeople. Mostly a lost art in the good old US of A., as profit takes a front seat, and nobody can be compensated enough for this kind of fine art work. Aloha, Pink.

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    • The Pink Agendist
      March 13, 2018

      French culture really values everything that´s hand made, and especially made locally. In fact there are national awards every year in almost every sector, from pastry making to fabric production. Winners are guaranteed major publicity and business. That’s balanced out the dangers of the globalised market 🙂

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  9. pariyanpatterns
    March 21, 2018

    Thanks for sharing woodblock video. It was really interesting and inspiring. I’m a textile design and I haven’t done any woodblock yet. the video was a motivation for me. I will print and share the picture and experience with you.”Jade”

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    • The Pink Agendist
      April 5, 2018

      How interesting! What sort of textiles are you working on now?

      Liked by 1 person

      • pariyanpatterns
        April 6, 2018

        I do enjoy to work on geometric patterns, and calligraphy. Right now I’m working on screen print tote bag for San Francisco. I will post them soon.

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