Category Archives: Silk Industry

Maillé and Luynes in the Touraine ~ C17th images by Louis Boudan


The commune of Maillé in the Touraine is burned into the minds of many as the place of the Second World War massacre. But, of course, the small town and its surrounding district has more history than that single tragic … Continue reading

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History of the silk industry in the Touraine Region, France


The best-known type of silk is obtained from the cocoons of the larvae of the mulberry silkworm. The lustrous appearance of silk cloth is due to the triangular prism-like structure of its fibre. It is this structure that allows silk … Continue reading

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Plessis-les-Tours ~ some interesting facts


The château of Plessis-les Tours is to the west of Tours. It was built in middle of the 15th Century under instructions from Louis XI. The above image is from, Visages de la Touraine in my collection. Here are some … Continue reading

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