Recently a friend and her husband made a trip to the South of France. Other than the trip itself which was memorable, a surprise discovery added to the fun. They found the Souleiado museum tucked away in Tarascon. And of course, she brought back some sample fabric pieces.
Filled with shelves of fabric samples spanning years of manufacturing, the Museum is a quilter’s dream.
The original designs were inspired by the gorgeously coloured light weight printed cotton fabrics imported to Marseilles from India. The French adapted these patterns to hand cut wooden printing blocks and created fashion lengths of fabric. Amazing to think Picasso wore Souleiado shirts. Of course, by the time he was sporting these high end outfits the company had switched over to copper plate printing. So the hundreds of years of “indienne” designs are preserved.
Yardage is not easy to find. Souleiado fabric is used for made up items such as clothes, accessories and scarves. However, if you search around you can find charm packs and vintage yardage. French Connections has a good selection.
Wouldn’t this make the most fantastic quilt back? Look at those colours!