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’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
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