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This series explores the juxtaposition of colors and patterns that occurred in Indiennes Provenšales, the textiles beloved by the Provenšal people and banned by the French crown. “Souleiado” is the ancient Provenšal word for “ray of sunshine after the rain" and it is the name that one of the main French families printing these fabrics took for their textiles. The fabrics themselves are bright and bold and when used, the patterns are mixed with judicious abandon--the canny knowledge of scale and color is a talent that would seem almost genetic in the people of southern France.

Pamela J. Polley Souleiado

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