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The Boutis
 

                                                                                                                                                

 It is a very old technic from Asia then from  Sicile and elaborated in Marseille trough the XVII century during the import of while washable linen from india.

 

I won’t go further in the historic of the “boutis” other people did it before me (see : my references)

 

I discovered the “boutis” during an exposition in my district and I have been subjugated by the beauty and the fineness of the exposed pieces.

 

It is a work entirely hand made which requires a lot of patience, a lot of rigour and minute detail in his execution.

 

With a group of friends and the help of some books we started the meticulous pieces of work.

We started working with small pieces as pouches in order not to be discouraged in front of the voluminous amount of work, and also in one way, to be satisfied rapidly, because the impatience is present when you start a new technical approach.

 

Then we made an approach of a bigger piece work and we were still passionated.

 

With the help of drawings that I took from magazines concerning the “boutis” and my own designs inspired from old pictures, I created lamp shades, showing with the light, all the beauty of the embrodery.

 

There is several technics wich are quiet often mixed up (in today’s fashion), everything is infortunatly

called “boutis” when the design appears stitched in relief. The real “boutis” is something else and considerating the lot of time spent for his creation is shouldn’t be sold at the low price proposed in the shops or on some markets.

 

 

 

“ Le matelassé” ou “Le piqué marseillais”(quilted blankets, jackets)

 

- The pieces are made of 3 layers of material 

- On the top plain color or printed, cotton, satin, silk 

- Underneath usually we place an ordinary material 

- In the middle we place some flannel of cotton or a layer of cotton wool, silk (or synthetic in our time)

 

  

Le “trapunto”

 

The trapunto is made of 4 layers, one beeing lined with fleece.

  

 

Le "vermiculé "

 

Looks like “the boutis” but the designs are finer and more aereted. The contours are sawn with running stitches, the relief is created by a wick of cotton inserted between the two layers of material.

 

Le “boutis”

 

The pieces are most of the time realised in white material or off white, sometimes yellow or blue (ancient pieces) The characteristic of the “boutis” has to be perfect as well on the right side than on the

wrong side, the totality of the piece is stuffed but nevertheless if we put it in front of a window we can see a splendid effect of transparency.

 

Two pieces of material are superposed :

 

 - On the top with batiste or silk (for more precious materials) on which  are drawn the designs. 

- Underneath with more ordinary material.

 

The 2 materials are hold first by a pattern of squares in needlelew, the contour of the designs is sawed by hand with the shortest running stitch. The work finished, the big designs are stuffed with the wick of cotton (or in our time with a synthetic wick) and the grooves between the big designs called “vermicelli” are filled up with a big needle threaded of a wick of cotton.

 

 

 

 

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