Dec 24, 2015

Le Passe-Trame
Wool as a Red Thread

Jean-Philippe Trapp
La Passe-Trame 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.

Eric Carlier, working. Photo credit: Le Passe-Trame.

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.

Photo credit: Le Passe-Trame

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.

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Jean-Philippe Trapp

Jean-Philippe Trapp

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.

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