Each scarf, showcased in Corinne’s collection, tells a story. For this Indiennes stole, the tribute is paid to the work of art of the most delicate French arts and crafts and contributes to keep the incredible adventure and history of Beautiran fabrics alive.
THE STORY BEHIND…
Indiennes is a canvas, a beautifully Indian printed cotton made in Beautiran from the end of the 17th century to the middle of the 19th century. At the beginning of the reign of Louis XIV, elegant women loved this printed fabric, as well as the Toiles de Jouy. Cheerful and exotic, they were brought back by the Compagnie des Indes and used for clothing and the interior decoration of wealthy homes. In 1790, Bordeaux had already become a significant center of indiennage. Thanks to the manufacture Meillier the village became the headquarters of the canvas printing center in the region called Guyenne-Gascogne. Printing started officially around 1793. Four years later, Mr Meillier bought the Domaine de Lalande, a property surrounded by two small rivers of pure water (used for washing and rinsing the canvas) and vast meadows (for drying). It was also well located near the Garonne and the port of Bordeaux, epicenter of the international trade. The quality production of Beautiran was up to 10 to 12,000 pieces per year and in 1826 the factory employed 112 people. In the 19th century, victim of the changing fashion, the factory closed around 1832 but the manufacturer had already become a clothier like many other others.
Nowadays French fashion designers willingly use the Indiennes and Toile de Jouy printed fabrics to create unique dresses and accessories, a tribute to an ancestral savoir-faire and to the history of great expeditions and world discovery.