The municipal trimming workshop
In the former workshop of Mrs Letourneau (one of the last authentic workshop in Croix Rousse), Soierie Vivante displays imposing weaving looms made of carved walnut.
Two looms haven’t moved since they were first set in the 19th century (Mrs Letourneau has woven stripes for the army on these looms), the third loom is a “new" one: this loom indeed arrived rue Richan in 2008 and our volunteers are at the moment repairing it.
It’s a loom dating back to the 19th century, and which used to be capable of weaving figured patterns. This incredible technique was in use in the Croix Rousse throughout the 19th century. The city of Lyon bought that loom thanks to Soierie Vivante, it used to belong to m. Dumas, who was a weaver in the Loire region (he’s now retired).

Have a look at the looms working in front of you! Understand the weaving’s secrets and also the genius of Jacquard’s discovery.

Guided tours from Tuesday to Saturday at 2pm and 4pm or by appointment.