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Monday, November 25, 2013

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"The West goes fast, it cultivates haste. The East is still attached to the pleasure of doing things calmly and slowly."
—Jean-François Lesage

An embroiderer embellishes fabric for a headboard. Photography by Richard Powers

Jean-François Lesage, the son of the founder of the prestigious Paris-based House of Lesage, followed an unlikely path to upholding the family tradition—by journeying halfway around the world to establish an atelier in southern India

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LESAGE grew up among the gold threads and glass beads of the House of Lesage, France's most revered embroidery workshop. His father, François Lesage, had made it a symbol of the highest craftsmanship in fashion, producing haute couture embellishments for houses such as Chanel, Lanvin, Balmain, Givenchy and Christian Lacroix.
At 7:30 every morning, before Jean-François headed off to school, the petites mains, artisans known for their fine handwork, would stop by the family home in Chaville, a leafy suburb of Paris, to drop off the work they completed the day before and pick up the day's task.

The Hand Embroiderer's Tale

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