Wool as a Red Thread
Photo credit: Le Passe-Trame
Eric Carlier founded Le Passe-Trame in 1990 at Peyrin-Augmontel (Mazamet area). The sheep wool market was thriving at the time due to the fellmongering activity.
Thirty years ago the first angora goats were introduced into the Montagne Noire and two breeders who were members of a cooperative hired Eric Carlier to weave their wool into finished products.
A few years later, he bought industrial looms to specialize into furnishing and offer wall fabrics whose production can now vary from 50 to 3000 meters, depending on the customers’ orders.
Moreover, Le Passe-Trame creates its own collections of scarves, stoles and throws in partnership with subcontractors. Together they founded the association Atelier Laines d’Europe to help promote sheep breeding as well as the production, transformation and use of wool fabric.
Le Passe-Trame took part in the Made in Town / Montagne Noire exhibition, which was held from October 21, 2015 to February 13, 2016 at Made in Town in Paris.
Made in Metz. A graduate from the Institut de Commerce de Nancy (ICN Business School), where he attended a cross-disciplinary management program dedicated to the luxury industry, he initiated a study as part of his master’s thesis on the role of craftsmanship in this specific sector and its ability to contribute to the emergence of new production systems. It is when working at the Institut National des Métiers d’Art that he discovered the true wealth of the French heritage. He now wishes to educate the public about local know-how from all over the world and their cultural roots, through a selection of diverse projects in the fields of fashion, design and art.
Elizabeth Gleeson is American and passionate about producing ethical and artisanal fabrics. She started her own brand URSA Textiles in 2013.
Folkdays is born from the travel discoveries of Lisa, Heidi and Kimon, three friends who fall in love with various local crafts while abroad. Wanting to support the local businesses they had found and sharing the techniques they had seen, they partnered with seven artisans to create a selection of bags, jewellery and accessories available under the brand Folkdays.
In order to promote the know-how and characteristics of the tapestry from Aubusson, the county town of the French region of Creuse, Made in Town conducted a series of three documentary videos at the request of the International City of the Tapestry and Woven art, in partnership with l’Institut français de la mode and with the support of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.