Soie des Hellènes

2014
2017
La Soie des Hellènes
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La Soie des Hellènes
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La Soie des Hellènes
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The Greek village of Soufli was once a major center for sericulture in Europe. It is now fighting to preserve this local culture and to drive the renaissance of its artisan economy. La Soie des Hellènes is working to support the development of this ancient craft trade, and help it to carve out a place for itself in the modern marketplace.

Larvae feed off the mulberry trees planted by silkworm farmers, producing silk of the highest quality. From reeling cocoons to weaving fabric, the silk industry in Soufli is a vector of many artisan skills, passed down by the local Greek families from generation to generation. An industry badly affected by the crisis. La Soie des Hellènes is supporting the renaissance of this artisan activity, and helping it to carve out a place for itself in the modern marketplace. A project based on the convictions of Anne Garcin and David Tarantelli: “The living transmission of artisan heritage can generate values, serve as a catalyst for local pride, and provide impetus for feelings of shared identity in the region.” An initiative that faithfully echoes the aims of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, which has been supporting the association for the last five years.

The association has gathered entrepreneurs, artisans and researchers around a common cause. To plant more mulberry trees, while protecting local biodiversity. To transmit expertise to the younger generations. To modernise equipment. To take ownership of these artisan skills. To create superior quality products and to focus attention on their design. To acknowledge both tradition and the need to compete in a globalised martketplace.

Disciplines
Craftsmanship
Biodiversity
Greece
Creating superior quality products and focusing on their design. Acknowledging both tradition and the need to compete in a globalised marketplace.
From reeling cocoons to weaving fabric, the silk industry in Soufli is a vector of many artisan skills.
Transmitting expertise to the younger generations. Modernising equipment. Taking ownership of these artisan skills.