Marie often shows her boutis at local shows of traditional stitching in Provence. She had a beautiful stand at both of the Salons of France Boutis so far. She does this for the pleasure of sharing her passion for boutis and enjoys showing her original designs.
Marie kindly agreed to let me show these photos. She is a modest person and will not report on this herself. You can find her blog on my list, and further reports of this festival can be found on Lou 's blog, where there is a link to a fabulous collection of photos. There is also a report on France Boutis's blog and Henriette's (Mame83). You can link from my sidebar.
There is a parade in costume, such a wealth of beautifully made costumes. Marie's is of the Comtat Vernaissin style. It is interesting to note that the color white as wedding attire was only introduced by Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. Prior to that, the color green had always been chosen for Provencal wedding dresses.
This is part of the judging. There is a panel of judges who assess the jupon on research, choice of motifs, and finally technical expertise. Each jupon should reflect the personal life of the person who made it. Historically, wealthier persons had a deeper border of boutis, Marie's is 60cm, followed by a quilted upper portion. The skirt is gathered onto a tape fastening. The whole piece laid out can be between 2,70 and 3,80 m !!!! Marie's is 3,0m - that is a lot of stitching !