Sep 11, 2018

a journey into the French wool sector

Pascal Gautrand
Tricolor: a journey into the French wool sector

From shearing sheep to weaving and knitting yarns, as well as sorting and washing fleeces and spinning, the Tricolor project encourages the rebirth of the French wool sector. Première Vision, in partnership with Made in Town, offers a range of eco-responsible textiles to brands and designers who wish to explore the many possibilities of this material produced locally in France and resulting from farm to wardrobe production.

For more than ten years now, many sheep breeders' groups have joined forces to prevent the wool from the fleeces of their herds from being lost. Together, they are looking for solutions to take advantage of this essential annual production. Forerunners are the merino breeders of Arles, probably the most qualitative of French sheep's wools to date, but also those of Raïoles sheep in the Cévennes, Texel herds in the Creuse, or the shepherds of Lacaune sheep south of the central massif.

However, these isolated initiatives are struggling to achieve an industrial dimension that would facilitate the creative use of these French wools in the worlds of fashion and design.

It is to fight against the progressive disappearance of this French textile sector that Première Vision, thanks to its unifying role within the industry, in partnership with Made in Town, initiates within the framework of the Made in France Première Vision exhibition a series of collaborations between the French wool production sectors and the actors of creation through an original project entitled Tricolor which promotes all the actors of the value chain.

Tricolor thus presents a range of eco-responsible textiles that consists of wool sheets woven by the Passe-Trame workshop (Mazamet, Tarn) from the fibres of 7 breeds of sheep and sheep spread throughout France - Aure et Campan, Bizet, Île-de-France, Lacaune, Mérinos d'Arles, Noire du Velay and Solognote - and knitting yarns made in Creuse by Fonty. The colours of this range of textiles, from the darkest to the lightest, are designed without dyeing in order to make the most of the natural shades of the fleeces.

Based on the yarns and weavings proposed, the project offers the opportunity to about fifty brands and designers to interpret the multiple possibilities of the material in the fields of fashion and decoration with the manufacturers of the Made In France Première Vision show.

In order to tell the story of these adventures, Tricolor is also accompanied by a web series that reveals the backstage of the French wool industries and an exhibition tour from September 2018 to December 2019 offering an interface with many audiences in France and abroad.

Tricolor is presented in preview on stand 3S14 in the Smart Square area at the Première Vision trade show at the Villepinte Exhibition Centre, from 19 to 21 September 2018.

In partnership with:

Fonty spinning (spinning, Digging)
Le Passe-Trame (weaving, Tarn)

With the participation of :

Cécile Feilchenfeldt (textile design and knitting, Paris)
De Bonne Invoice (men's ready-to-wear, Paris)
DPL - Hervier Productions (clothing, Indre)
Lainamac (network of professionals in wool and natural textile fibres, Hollow)
Le Sac du Berger (clothing and accessories, Aveyron)
Manufacture Regain (knitting and tailoring, Tarn)
Leather Goods La Fabrique (leather goods, Tarn)

Tricolor is a project produced by Made in France Première Vision and developed in collaboration with Made in Town.

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Pascal Gautrand

Pascal Gautrand

Made in Mazamet. Made in Town founder, consultant and teacher, he is graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode and used to be a boarder in the fashion design division at the Villa Medici in Rome. He develops a reflexion, mainly in the fashion field, about the manufacturing culture. His approach, oriented towards the promotion of know-how, expresses through writing, video and fashion design. As a consultant, he especially collaborates with Première Vision for the organization of Maison d’Exceptions: a dedicated area about fabric know-how within the show and for the online magazine Maison d’Exceptions whose he is editor.

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