Herbal fibres of the past and the future

Publié le 08 avril 2021

Flax, hemp, nettle… Through this exhibition, discover these plant fibres used since Antiquity, and which are now experiencing a revival of interest. Did you know that linen was used for the oldest textile in the world in 36,000 BC?

The fabrics company Emanuel Lang will present a richly illustrated exhibition entitled ‘Linen from the field to the cloth’, with working objects of this fibre at all stages of its transformation.

Fibres textiles - Parc de Wesserling

Students from the HEAR (Haute école des arts du Rhin) and the ESAD (Ecole Supérieure de l’Art et de la Découverte)
exhibit their work on the natural fibre of hemp.

  • WOVEN MEETING, from Cécile Le Picaut (HEAR) and Aline Riehl (ESAD)
    The weaving technique consists of the interweaving of warp threads and weft threads held by a frame. The target of the project is to consider the loom in 3D, in order to obtain a self-structuring shape that takes advantage of the properties of hemp.
  • GUIPURE, from Chloé Leroy (ESAD) and Juliette Planchon-Clément (HEAR)
    This work reinvents contemporary guipure: bottomless lace composed of spaced patterns, originally used as a clothing ornament or in the making of upholstery curtains. The project explores the extruded pattern in 3D using a simple process, a frame made of nails on a wooden panel, over which the thread is stretched.
  • SYMBIOSIS, from Maëlle Charpentier (HEAR) and Victor Le Fessant (ESAD)
    The project brings together two hemp-based products, paper and insulation felt. The paper pulp is made with hemp cellulose and refined by a coloring from cotton fiber textile waste. The insulating felt is designed by needling,working on the padding.


Woven Meeting
Aline RIEHL et Cécile LE PICAULT


This lotus, an exceptional fabric

This scarf is traditionnally woven by women at the Lotus Farm in Cambodia following ancient techniques dating back 5000 years. These craftswomen have been awarded a prize of Excellence from UNESCO and also from the French Textile Institute  (IFTH) for the most ecological fabric in the world.

Élisabeth Heim

Self-taught in the ancestral Japanese technique of ‘oshibanaart’, (art of pressed flowers) Élisabeth Heim has developed a press drying technique that allows flower petals to retain flexibility, resistance and color.

Elisabeth Heim
Elisabeth Heim

Finally, the touch room on the top floor will allow you to feel these plant fibres up close. Hemp fabric, cotton bales, flax bales… you can immerse yourself in a playful and interactive way.