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Moutet Limited Edition Notre Dame Tea Towel

Moutet Limited Edition Notre Dame Tea Towel


Ensemble, Sauvons Notre Dame

Together, We Will Save Notre Dame

On April 15th, the world watched helplessly as the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was ravaged by fire. Almost immediately, the pledge was made to rebuild Notre Dame and for a precious few moments people put aside differences and were united to save this irreplaceable jewel of architecture, culture, history and faith. A Paris without Notre Dame was, after all, too much to bear.

The day after the fire, I sent an email to our friends at Tissage Moutet in the Basque region of southwest France. I had a simple idea: would it be possible to design a tea towel to honor Notre Dame and to help raise funds for her reconstruction? They emailed me back immediately that they were thinking the exact same thing.

Here is the towel they've so beautifully designed and lovingly woven as a limited edition dedicated to the reconstruction of Notre Dame. In beautiful shades of blue and white with a band of brick red across the bottom and an embroidered red heart above the spire, the towel captures the timelessness of this most iconic cathedral. Proceeds from the sale of this towel will go to the official French agency (Fondation pour les Monuments Historiques) tasked with the reconstruction of the cathedral as well as the care of other national monuments.

If there are extra funds due to all the generous donations, the Foundation will use those proceeds to work on other historic monuments in France that are also in need of repair.

100% cotton.  Machine wash cool with like colors. Tumble dry low or for best results line dry. These densely woven jacquard towels will become even more absorbent with each wash.  27" x 20".

Learn More About Moutet

In 1919, Jean-Baptiste Moutet founded a small weaving mill on the banks of the Gave du Pau River in the town of Orthez in the Basque region of France. Working alongside other small industries, Moutet has acted as a leader in Basque weaving since its origins.

Renowned for weaving traditional Basque patterns on sturdy linen fabrics, the original linens Moutet produced were used as blankets for his oxen to protect them in the fields. Adorned with seven woven stripes, each representing one of the seven Basque regions.

Expanding the mill to 40 employees, Jean-Baptiste’s son, Georges Moutet, carried on the second generation of weaving after he taught himself the latest mechanisms in looming. Carrying on from generation to generation of Moutets, the third and fourth generations acquired jacquard looms, allowing for more complex weaving and patterns.

The fifth generation continues the legacy to this day. Reviving old patterns and sustaining the high-quality linens behind the name Moutet, the factory still stands in the Basque region and is proud to have received the honorable "Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant" title - an award by the French state to recognize French firms for their excellence and tradition, making Moutet an official living heritage company.

With over 1,000 color options at their mill, each linen is cut by hand, meticulously inspected for quality, and finally labeled with the name Moutet - a nearly 100 year old name in French linen tradition.

For a fascinating, behind-the-scenes glimpse at what goes into the creation of a Moutet towel, please take a moment and watch this beautifully produced short video. The music and images are captivating and the love and care that goes into each towel is clearly evident. The very last two people that you'll see in the video are the current owners of the company, Catherine Moutet and her son, Benjamin.

L'envers du décor des Tissages Moutet from Tissage Moutet on Vimeo

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