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Handmade France: An Artisan Road Trip

Sticker shock at the cost of handmade products is a phenomenon of our generation. We buy inexpensive imports of lesser quality, satisfied by their lifespan because we have become so fickle and trend-obsessed. While it has become a global habit over the last few decades, Americans are especially good at justifying disposable goods. We move, we change, and so we buy, buy, and buy.

But there is a quiet shift in that mentality, especially those travelers among us that see the need to use less, preserve more, and appreciate limited resources. Notice how in many other places, items like furniture are passed on from one generation to the next? These objects have soul. 

Tapestry of Aubusson: A Living, Breathing Artisanal Art

I must admit that when I first approached this assignment, the idea of peering into the world of tapestry in middle-of-nowhere France conjured up images of dusty religious relics, disintegrating Persian rugs, and the never-as-accurate representations of Renaissance oil paintings. The idea reminded me of the petit point works my grandfather would reproduce, with love and grace I should add, however antiquated these representations were in my mind. There’s nothing novel about this craft I thought. I could not have been more wrong.