Thursday, March 26, 2009

For the love of French homespun linen, part 3

After shopping trips to France during which we were able to acquire as much homespun linen as possible, we often wondered with the grain sacks why there was such variation in the stripe or stripes down the center of the bag. During one particular trip to a small flea market in a quickstop drive through the South of France, one dealer who spoke no English told my uncle's wife that the color and pattern of the stripes referred to a specific place or weaver, sort of an abstract coat of arms if you will that signaled exactly where and who the particular sack(s) came from belonged to.

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