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Salon du Boutis 2022: Contemporary Design

 As long as adherence to the traditional rules of design and technique are carefully observed, contemporary design is welcomed and creativity is encouraged at the Salon.  All of the work in the exhibition have kept these parameters as their primary focus, while allowing individual experiences and contemporary influences into the design choices.

Contemporary design can be used very successfully to highlight the beauty of boutis.




 

To adorn the wedding room in the Mayoral office, the Mayor of Caissargues asked France Boutis to create a collective work that represents Provencal traditions and symbols of marriage. Designed by Hubert Valeri and realized by the members of France Boutis, this tablecloth now covers the table where couples sign the register.

 

The addition of colour, either with thread, fabric or cording, was seen in much of the work displayed.




 




 

Belatrix, the name of this little futuristic design, made quite an impression.

 Whether a white on white traditional bed cover, or a colourful, stylized modern design, the common thread running through all the pieces is a passion and a dedication for boutis.

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