Thomas Louineau is an art worker, basket-maker, who cultivate his own wicker to make his works. He realizes daily life’s objects but also sculptures inspired by the nature.

His basketwork’s pieces, between vegetable and animal are braided thanks to basket-makers techniques. By combining his creativity with usefullness, pieces of basketwork will be at the same time scuptures and furnitures. He transforms wicker from his own cultivation and he also uses wild fibers.

This year, Thomas Louineau is part of the 2018 “Deviations” edition of the International Festival of Extra ordinary Textile by participating to the conception of a hut-tree made with the help of the children from the University Hospital d’Estaing.



Naco Paris is a french fashion designer. He is the designer of the now worldwide famous “Karl Who ?” bag.

Described by the press as “the only designer who doesn’t like fashion” or “The fashion’ s Robin Hood”, Naco Paris has been creating unisex wear inspired by his personal background, his taste for the arts, the underground and the unusual since 2001.

Ultra-modern aesthtics, minimalism and a punk attitude are combined in his collections in order to denounce the consumption craze promoted by the luxury industry.

Enjoying an international reputation, Naco-Paris’s collections are sold in the world’s most famous fashion cities : Paris, New-York, London, Antwerp, Berlin, Hong-Kong, Copenhagen, Dubaï, Beirut… His designs have acquired cult status in Japan where they are sold in the most famous fashion-fowards shops in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

Since 2013, Naco develop a parallel activity as multimedias artist, atypical model and activist to his fashion career.

Source : Naco Paris


Koonkee® was born out of Sukanta Basu’s interest for fashion and textile. Graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts – « Kala Bhavana » – in Visva Bharati University, West Bengal, Sukanta has been working as a designer in Santiniketan and drawing her own outfits for years. In 2011 she has finally decided to start her own dressline inspired by the luxuriant Bengali nature with a very personal modern touch.

The texture of the textile and its colour are two important things for Koonkee. They are made out of  either pure cotton or silk (which can be raw or refined). Koonkee uses both the power loom and hand loom material, but the emphasis is more on the hand woven ones.

Koonkee proposes mainly dresses with subdude colours and earthen shades; some of the fabrics are dyed with natural colour, prepared from seeds, leaves, flowers, etc.

The clothes are often embellished with needle work done by traditional local embroiders who agreed to adapt their millenary know-how to Sukanta’s imagination. 

Koonkee’s hope is to reach to all kind of customers looking for original designs and high quality cloth offering an “ethnic-chic” character in a well-cut, well-fitting and well-finished dress. Koonkee is not looking for mass production, each piece is unique.

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Parsi creates exclusive collections made from natural fibers such as Abaca, Buntal and Pina.

Abaca is an increasingly popular and promising product and we have been exploring its potential for more than 10 years. Our experience of time-honoured Philippine know-how blended with textile finishing in Lyon favours endless creative possibilities.

Our factory is dedicated to the manufacturers of furnishing fabrics, architects, interior decorators and designers wanting to use natural fibers for their collections : curtains, blinds, hats, shoes, bags, boxes and decorative objects.

Our workshop in Phillipines takes care of the production which is carried out on traditional hand looms. All our products are carefully dispatched to Lyon where they are checked, packaged and resent according to your specifications.

Source : Parsi


Studio Wudé is a leather shop which explore identity and integration issues in West Africa by making research about traditionnal know-how, their transmission and  the way they are using some ressources in an globalized context.

By collecting particular techniques and know-how link to leather work, Cécile and Mbor Ndiaye are making heritage preservation and transmissioon the aim of their workshop. Preservation and transmission are 2 of Studio Wudé’s essentials values. This leather shop is unique in West Africa.

Each Studio Wudé’s worker, master his own traditional heritage from his birth area. Thanks to that, all the workers improve themselves by learning other techniques from the other Studio Wabé’s workers. And so, everyone in the Studio Wabé is polyvalent.

Recycling is a way of life for Cécile and Mbor Ndiaye, It’s a daily challenge : to give a second chance to leather from luxury industry excess. The waste of leather is not acceptable for them and the way they are working make them very close to the “no waste” area.

In the Studio Wudé, recycling is stimulating the imagination and the creativity.

Source : Mis Wude


« Après la mousson » is an exclusive fashion accessory collection, entirely realized in a handmade way in France.

The creator, Odile Chabanel Kurzai, after 28 years of diffusing the japanese and belgian avant-gardist fashion creators decided in 2015 to consecrate her entire time in the conception of a range of accessories.

This collection is based on a reflection about the reality of the inter-cultural meeting across the world, about the exchanges, about sharing his knowledge to imagine some possibilities of arrangements through the clothes’ language.

It’s also a desire to offer unique models as a revealing of the uniqueness for each of us, as a will to resist to the uniformity which is resulting of the globalized production.

« Après la mousson » is realized with materials mixing from french producer and with abroad dye pieces. A major part of it demonstrate the high knowledge of the old generations.

Each piece has a story to tell, has a particular identity and each piece is a journey in an imaginary world.


I’m specialized in the very tiny threads, in the lace’s threads designed for weaving, for tiny tapestry and artistic knitwear.

This last 2 years, I specialized myself more particularly on silkthreads, span from schappe silk. I mostly work on « maulbère » silk and wild silk (tussah and muga) in classic skein for embroidery. My threads are span with a spindle in order to master the final twist and the technique according to the thread’size. The big silk tangles are span with a spinning wheel ; my assortment is also composed by the 1, 2, 3 pieces. This silkthreads are mostly worked by textiles workers.

All my raw materials (silk, wool, vegetal fibers) are tinted with a handmade way before getting spin. Tangles are unique and unreproductible pieces.

My work is supported by an association named : « La Tournepierre » which take care of me for all the administrative stuff. Simultaneously, I work as a medievalist and as a translator (latin, old french).

By Nathalie Desgrugillers


Thanks to my wedding with my husband who’s born in Transylvania, I discovered some embroidered handmade pieces with a lot of embroideries points which had an authentic beauty.

Motivated by a pulsion which push me to try this techniques of embroidery, and fead by my creative instinct, I made it my job. This is a tourning point in my life and in my professional life as well.

I traveled 3 or 4 times by year in order to meet the old women in the place where they are living to be initiate and learn how to embroider this unique embroideries.

Passionated, I learned their language to communicate with them better and also impregnate myself with their gestures and their way of living… Needle’s embroidery, their knowledge.

This exceptional relations when the old women while they were embroidering, told me how this was important for her and for their lifes, touched me in my heart and in my soul.

This embroidered handmade pieces represented tableclothes of all sizes. They are all embroidered and made with a thread of inflexible and beige cotton.

By hijacking the handmade embroidery from their first function, through a process of constant research and creation, it drive me to create another innovative and contemporary « language ».

My objective is to underline the importance of this emborideries’ techniques in a modern context without forgetting the past. Each of this embroidery’s points had his own signification… that I try to treat by and through my work.

By Sarah RADULESCU, as part of the 2018-2019 FITE’s cross seasons.


The association « EL CAMINO » is animated since 1996 by a group of french designers who bring their knowledge to women from five maya’s communities of textile workers from Chiapas, in south-east Mexico.

The association « EL CAMINO DE LOS ALTOS » which was created in 2009, gives to the textile workers a place where they can be train, where they can show their value and provide the ancestral art of weaving, where they can professionalize their activities and develop the creation and the commercialization of it. It’s also a united place which is contributing to the improvement of the workers’ living conditions and which brings opportunities to them.

By El Camino

Béatrice De Nève Pollet – Le QUILT émoi

Established in Cournon d’Auvergne, France, Béatrice makes quilt – patchwork – since 15 years. Enlightened in the USA, she learned differents methods like the free quilted which allow her to stuff/quilt her works. She quilts thanks to a « long arm » which is a professional machine with a long arm. Only few people can use it in France.

Quilting to her, is an art in which she can express on the one hand, her love for the colours and on the other hand, she can embellished her work thanks to the « long arm » machine.

She creates boards, household linen and textiles maps. In association with a dressmaker, she proposes an assortment of bags, the « Quilt-bags ». She chooses the tissus with colours harmony in order to create landscapes – currently La Chaîne des Puys – or she works with plain tissu. The quilting makes her creations in light, by giving them a texture and relief. She also adds embellishments, made with ribbons, wool, lace, tulle…

She also works with your own tissus like a shirt or a doily that you want to keep in another form.

Each creation is unique.