Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Olivades factory outlet
SAINT-Ã‰TIENNE-DU-GRÃˆS – NEAR SAINT-RÃ‰MY-DE-PROVENCE
Chemin des Indienneurs
04 90 49 18 04
Cast a wary eye on the fabrics in bright provenÃ§al designs that festoon every market. Most are cheap imports. Olivades claims to be the only company still manufacturing traditional fabrics in Provence. Youâ€™ll find its shops in Aix, Avignon, Carpentras, NÃ®mes, Saint-RÃ©my and Vaisonâ€¦ but why not go one better and pick up some bargains at this factory outlet? As the address suggests, it stands on the spot where indienne fabrics inspired by designs brought back from the east centuries ago have been produced for almost 200 years.
As well as exquisite prints in a glorious array of patterns and colours, sold by the metre, youâ€™ll find napkins, table runners, tablecloths and other items to bring a touch of la vraie Provence to your table.Â Alongside the traditional designs, Olivades has introduced a contemporary range of plain colours, stripes and checks. But for my money (a fair bit of it, over the years), the rich indienne prints are the star attraction. Admire their subtle colour combinations, feel the quality of the fabric, and youâ€™ll think twice before yielding to temptation at a market stall ever again.
Guided morning tours of the fabric printing workshop (in English) can be arranged by appointment.