Trama, Flora & Tessile

Publié le 29 août 2022

As we do every year at the Festival des Jardins Métissés, we keep a plot specially dedicated to textiles, in order to highlight our heritage. Discover “Trama, Flora & Tessile”!

Trama” in Italian means everything at the same time: wheft, weaving, story, ground, plot, texture… And “Flora”, the flora. This plot dedicated to the theme of textiles (“Tessile”) in Marco Polo’s travelogue was imagined from the elements that make up a fabric: from the origins of the fiber to the weft of the threads that compose it, the colors obtained by vegetable dyeing to the lines that structure the patterns. The wooden modules covered with textiles are positioned according to a rhythm reminiscent of a geometric pattern.

Several of them take up the main wefts that provide different kinds of fabric. Others are covered in a playful way or inspired by stretches of fabrics drying in the sun after dyeing… Two panels feature patterns inspired by a cotton crop and silk. Two others evoke the fauna and flora as well as patterns that can be admired in the countries crossed by Marco Polo. The plant universe of the plot is oriented towards plants providing textile fibers (linen), tinctorial plants and the representation of the colors obtained from them.

Which materials were used?

  • For the structures of the pergolas, we used fir wood (local and sawn in the valley)
  • For the textile part, we mainly used cotton fabrics and cotton yarns
  • The path is covered with white limestone sand

Which plants can we find on this plot?

Concerning the plants, we sight several types of tinctorial plants, such as madder of the dyers, sulphurous cosmos, anthemis of the dyers, several sunflowers and tansy.

 You will be able to observe:

  • Fiber plants: blue and red flax
  • Climbing plants: white vine clematis, akebia, climbing hydrangea
  • Plants with graphic foliage: brunnera, heuchera

But also monochrome meadow seedlings made up of different species in orange, yellow or red tones.

The project team

Converted to space design after fifteen years in the management of cultural and associative projects, Emmanuelle created the workshop LA LOUPIOTE based in Alsace near Mulhouse. She designs and produces scenography, decoration and interior design projects. She also makes textile decorative elements and builds small pieces of furniture and wooden structures (with the complicity of her brother Thomas, joiner-carpenter).

A special than you to all our partners: Gravières de la Thur for the white limestone sand soil and the CFA and Lycée de Rouffach-Wintzheim for the installation, DMC for the yarns, Velcorex and Philéa for the fabrics, Colorathur for the printing of textile panels.