Moutet Red Balloon Tea Towel
Moutet Red Balloon Tea Towel
Woven in the Moutet workshop in southwest France, this magical tea towel was created by artist Hélène Druvert. It is inspired by the 1956 award-winning short movie "Le Ballon Rouge" (The Red Balloon) by director Albert Lamorisse. This poetic film depicts the innocence and imagination of childhood that can transform even a cynical world into a magical one.
A brightly embroidered red balloon floats above the trees, held in the protective hand of a young child. The French words "Il faut croire en ses rêves" (You have to believe in your dreams) sends the simple, but powerful message.
This beautifully woven towel is sure to bring its inspiration and fresh spirit to your kitchen.
100% cotton. Machine wash cool with like colors. Tumble dry low or for best results allow towel to air dry. These densely woven jacquard towels will become even more absorbent with each wash. 27" x 20".
Learn More About Hélène Druvert
Hélène is an illustrator, paper and textile designer who graduated from Duperré school in Paris. She takes inspiration from poetry, her trips around the world and everything related to the world of children and translates it into whimsical installations, books or graphic design for textile products. She likes to mix graphic styles such as sketches, collages or painting, as well as dust off and revisit old fabrics.
Hélène lives half the time in Paris and the other in the French Basque Country where she keeps exploring silkscreen printing, creating books, dreaming up new designs for Moutet…and enjoying life.
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.