Couleur Nature linens are made by hand using the ancient tradition of woodblock printing, which has been passed down from generation to generation. Hand-carved blocks made from teakwood are used to apply a range of designs and vibrant colors. Each Couleur Nature linen requires more than 100 studied movements. The cloth is then cut and stitched, creating a uniquely beautiful appearance.
“Boutis” is a Provencal-style of quilting dating back to 17th century France. We commonly use the term today to describe the limited distribution of traditional Provencal handwork. The history of Boutis stems from the nineteenth century’s great change in the look of Provencal quilting. Professional needlewomen began to produce work for local households instead of primary export; the result was distinctive from the work formerly done in professional ateliers. Boutis, should not be confused with the term “cotton pique” which means industrially woven.
Couleur Nature partners with a select group of artisans, in order to maintain consistency of design, workmanship, and quality. Merging the traditional with Bruno Lamy’s own creations, a new selection of Boutis is introduced each season.
Mr. Lamy hand inspects each detail of the creative process from beginning to end. The close inspection is evident in the high quality of the cotton, the expert hand-stitching and the authentic, antique look of each piece of linen.
Lamy is enthusiastic about his collaboration with Boutis artisans and the art itself. “My desire is for the American customer to experience the sophisticated couture of Provencal quilting,” states Lamy.
Kantha is a traditional type of hand-embroidery used to preserve and re-use vintage cotton saris, in small ethnic communities in Bengal, India.
Cotton fabric is stitched together to make simple quilts, light blankets, throws or bedspread, especially for children. It is still one of the most popular forms of embroidery, with the traditional form being a “running” pattern of colorful thread laced through the garment or linen.