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A foundation based on thread

Thread is at the origin of all our creations – the warp-threads in the length, the weft- threads in the width.

We work with threads in silk, cotton and even polyester, adapting the elements in response to our clients requirements in terms of softness; flexibility; ease of maintenance or indeed robustness.





The workings of a loom

The warp threads are installed on the loom, and then connected to our mechanical jacquard looms by frames: each warp yarn is passed by hand, one by one, through a metal barrette.

These same yarns are then passed in the same order through a comb: which serves to keep each warp thread in place during the weaving process, thus determining the width of the ribbon.


The Jacquard loom

The Jacquard is operated using a system of perforated cardboard, the perforations act to either raise or lower the warp threads independently of all others.

The jacquard card technique is often replaced by software, however we choose to still use the ancient techniques on our jacquard looms whenever the ribbon requires.


The shuttles

As their name suggests, shuttles make ‘round trips’ through the warp. They pass one after the other to form the background and the colours of the pattern.

They act, more or less in function of the crossing of the gears: this action reveals the desired pattern.


The weaving

Once the preparation work and adjustment is finalised, weaving can begin, and thus begins the waltz of the shuttles, shot after shot, pass after pass, the ribbon is born.

For more information : Visit the Museum of Art and Industry of Saint Etienne.

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