The golden age of Lyon’s silk industry

Until the 31st December 2018, at the MTMAD (Museum of Fabrics and Decorative Arts) in Lyon.

 Archives | Last updated date : 02/01/2019

What is La Fabrique? 
The term refers to all trades involved in designing, manufacturing and marketing silk fabrics.

In Lyon La Fabrique enjoyed its heyday during the 18th century, a century of fame for the city's silk trade, the influence of which was felt worldwide.

Although most of us have heard of Lyon's silk workers, or canuts, who wove exceptional fabrics, less is known of the other trades; the people who repaired the weaving looms, the embroiderers, the card punchers and the silk merchants… Or the designers, constantly in search of inspiration and new ideas for their motifs, to meet the requirements of demanding customers the world over. 

Philippe de Lasalle, a famous designer in Lyon, is one such great man who contributed to Lyon's reputation for excellence.

The exhibition details Lyon's silk epic through its historic characters, its superb materials, dresses, draperies and exceptional motifs… 

It will help you understand how very important silk still is to Lyon's present identity.

Access to the museum and the exhibition are included in the Lyon City Card


Isabelle, our editor born and bred in Lyon! She was born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon in fact, studied in Lyon and now lives here. Territorial? Absolutely not! She loves travelling, widening her horizons, meeting new people and enjoys a change of scenery (without snow, if possible). Isabelle is curious and a people person, two attributes that often go hand in hand! Her favourite colour is green and her motto "a day without laughter is a day wasted!" 

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