I have an early birthday present ! A beautiful broderie de marseille petassoun has come to live at my house. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea.
A petassoun is a small lap quilt used to protect a mother's clothes from any newborn "accidents". The everyday ones were probably used up, and I have seen quilted examples that were very worn. These very beautiful ones were reserved for important occasions such as baptisms.
Several different sized pieces were made for important family occasions, always happy affairs like weddings and baptisms. Each event was represented by certain symbols with different significance.
In this way, the women stitching were able to transmit the story of their family and their personal history.
I adore this work, I love making these pieces, buying them sometimes when I am really lucky, reading and learning about them and showing others. I think I'm hooked !
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