Plat bed printing (Lyon technique)

During your visit, you will be able to see flat bed printing, the main activity in our atelier.

This technique from the beginning of the 20th century, used for a long time in Lyon factories to print on material, is still used traditionally in our workshop.
We are continuing the art of hand-crafted textile ennobling.
The workshop combines tradition and modern techniques, using the latest graphics technology alongside an ancestral process.

We start work by positioning the silk on our printing tables.
The silk material (satin, muslin, twill, crêpe) is pinned straight on to the cotton that is stretched across the table.
To print our motifs, the printer meticulously places a silkscreen frame using a system of guides and fittings on the edges of the table.

The flat bed (or silkscreen frame) comprises a metal frame that is the size of the product to be made (shawl, square, scarf, tie etc.) and a gauze, which used to be made from silk, and which has since been replaced with a tergal® veil. The tergal® is first photo-etched to create permeable and impermeable areas, thereby creating an extremely accurate stencil. (PHOTO 8)
The printer applies the dyes gradually, using one frame per colour.
Using a scraper, he then spreads the dye over the tergal® gauze so that it goes through the porous areas of the frame, leaving behind the dye on the silk (stencil printing) (PHOTO 9)

He then repeats this process as many times as the design has colours until the motif has been fully transferred. (All photos 10: description of LYON BY NIGHT).

We are aware of the importance of preserving our traditional techniques while keeping pace with the times, and have a vast collection of designs by famous painters such as: Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso … They inspire us to make our collections exclusive and original.