Jacquard, a « slow » technique
Taking time is more than a concept, it is a necessity. The many hours used to make fabrics don’t count, what’s important is the attention each craftsman uses when weaving.
If precision, dexterity and knowledge are key elements, the right looms are vital to make the Jacquard fabrics for the Amédée 1851 models. Only craftsmen with skills learned over generations can make the needles move properly on these ancient, exceptional Jacquard looms.
This is especially valuable on older looms that function with a system of perforated cards, special needle techniques and cylinders to make highly complex textiles.
The woman who introduced Jacquards
Jacquards owe their popularity to Marie-Rose, a courageous, innovative woman who founded the Maison Veuve Lefebvre-Ducatteau factory in 1852. In her “novelty factory” as she called it, she created endless collections of novelty jackets using a method she had perfected of weaving colored yarns together to create motifs.
Being ahead of her time, she transformed her knowledge into an amazing success. Jacquard fabrics, so different from the 19th century fashions in vogue at the time, were famous for their resistance, thickness and the fact that they barely wrinkled. They seduced London dandies and even the brilliant Oscar Wilde.
The perfect balance between comfort and elegance
In the 21st century, Jacquards are reworked to oscillate between classic or relaxed styles. They can be worn without restrictions to update an elegant, casual, urban outfit, add flair to jeans or make sneakers look chic.
Amédée 1851 Jacquards even slip into evening wear, accompanying suits and dresses with flair. A timeless touch tinged with modernity.