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Posted on June 7, 2013

Bon Weekend, Plus Antique French Textile ~ Toile de Juoy

Antique French Textiles/ Bon Weekend/ Chopard/ Dita Von Teese/ Fabrics/ IIDA/ Indian Printing Techniques/ Jouy-en-Juoy/ Paris/ Toile de Juoy/ Toile dress/ vintage
 
It has been a busy week here… lots of networking, an IIDA committee meeting, and summer activities with my children.  Summer is in full swing and I am loving it!
 
This is by far one of my favourite applications.. love the mix of styles in this photo.  I am especially swooning over the royal blue chesterfield sofa.
 
One of my favourite things is antique French textiles.  The last time I was in Paris, my husband and I were walking down a street and I spotted a lovely shop with rolls of fabrics.  I stopped in my tracks and I gazed at what seemed to be endless spools of fabrics; however, I did not enter because we were on our way to some place and at the time, I had no use for them.  I cannot tell you how many times I wish I had entered that boutique regardless of needing it or not.  I still think about it and hope to find it again.
 
via pinterest
 
When I hold a vintage textile, as with any antique, I often wonder of the incredible journey that it has made, surviving the passage of time.  I wonder of the artist that dreamed it, the inspiration that it came from, and the mill workers and tools that created it.
 
Blue & white settee via here
 
Toile de Juoy has been a favourite for.. well, forever.  It can be utilized in so many applications from a girl’s bedroom, dinnerware, upholstery, and a dress to name a few.  The possibilities are endless. 
 
purple chair via here
 
Toile de Juoy was inspired by traditional Indian printing techniques.  During the first years, wood block printing was the only process used to create patterns of relief.  After 1770, etched copper plates replaced the wooden blocks.  This technique enabled monochrome printing and this began the process of scenes with characters, which has made Toile de Juoy famous. Soon after, the copper roller was introduced.  This greatly improved production and allowed 5,468 yards to be produced in one day.
 
Dita in a lovely toile dress, source unknown
 
Have you been to the Musée de la Toile de Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas, France?  If so, I would love to hear about it about your experience.  You can read more about Toile de Juoy here.
 
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
xoxo, B
 
 
 
 

 

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