de la Montagne Noire
Unfold the Industry
Les Toiles de la Montagne Noire shop
Passionate about textile since his childhood, Jean-Claude Bordes decided to capitalize on the local tradition of weaving in the Tarn region and founded his own linen brand Les Toiles de la Montagne Noire, which offers a wide range of canvases, napkins, dish towels and tablecloths inspired by patterns from the Basque Country.
All steps are done in-house – from the design to the purchase of raw material, cutting, finishing and distribution – bar the manufacturing as fabrics are woven by local partners. During the summer the flagship store in Labastide-Rouairoux hosts textile exhibitions to educate the public about various techniques such as textile printing.
Les Toiles de la Montagne Noire 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.
Created in March 2011 in Paris by Mariette Chapel, Afrika Tiss is an association fighting against the poverty of craftswomen in Burkina Faso by enabling them to fulfil themselves through their work and expertise.
To Give Oneself Work is the reedition of a performance realized by Juliette Roche last year at the Glasgow School of Art. Over many days, from morning until evening, the Parisian artist, born in 1987, occupies a space accessible to the public, organized like an atelier. She works there with wood and various materials towards a final exhibition which will conclude the performance.
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.