Sunday, 17 March 2019

Rare Textiles in the Loire Valley

If you are someone with an interest in textiles you might think that Lyon is the city to visit for the history of the French silk industry. But the silk industry in France actually began in Tours, and in medieval and renaissance times the city was the 'Silk Capital of France'. Merchants came to buy silk thread, cloth and there were even a few tapestry workshops in the city. The merchants didn't only buy silk, but also wine, making Vouvray wine famous throughout northern Europe -- but that's another story for another day...

Photographed by Susan, private guide from Loire Valley Time Travel. Tour the Loire in a classic car.

Nowadays there is almost nothing left of the silk industry in the Loire Valley. That's why when you visit it pays to have a local guide who shares your interest in textiles and knows where there are still examples of the once reknowned work of the weavers of Tours.

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