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Isabelle Weiller
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Lyon’s silk-making experts right at your doorstep!

Isabelle Weiller; silk market coordinator

Whether you're buying at factory wholesale prices, learning to make a dress or choosing some fabric for home decoration, all of the region’s silk-making experts will be open to the general public at the silk market from Thursday, November 30th to Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. 

Could you tell us a little about the silk market?

Coordinated at the Palais du Commerce by the  Rhône-Alpes silk industry association , this  market  highlights Lyon’s silk-making heritage. Above all it’s an opportunity for the general public to purchase silk textiles and accessories directly from the producers at particularly attractive prices.

What sort of things will we find at the silk market?

You can buy accessories such as; ties, headscarves, wraps and jewellery items directly from the suppliers to the main fashion houses. You’ll also find fabrics and everything you need to make your own products. This year there’s also a haberdasher’s shop, a bookstore and even a sewing machine shop. And to take the "do-it-yourself" concept to extremes, we also offer personal shoppers services at the Chambre Artisanale de la Couture. We run workshops for anyone keen on learning how to make headscarves, hats, bracelets and cushions. 

What are the latest trends in the silk trade? 

Aside from the traditional 90/90 cm headscarf, the silk companies offer more items or different sizes and combinations of high quality fabrics such as silk and cashmere. Today, women are looking for cloth which offers a different feel.

How is the silk industry faring today in the Rhône Alpes region?

There's a great deal of silk-making expertise in the Rhône-Alpes region, which alone represents 99% of the French market! There are around 30 companies in the region which employes around 1,500 people. For the last two to three years, these companies have been doing well as they benefit from a thriving luxury goods market and a renewed interest in "Made in France" products . It’s also a very innovative industry, the future looks bright!

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