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The authenticity of the Cévennes through

The 4 materials

Each of the materials has a rich history and a tradition that continues
thanks to the passion and expertise of many local artisans.

In the heart of the Cévennes, arts and crafts revolve around four main materials deeply linked to our Cévennes: wood, wool, earth and iron. Craftspeople are proud of their heritage and tradition, and happy to share their skills with visitors.

The wood

Carved with passion

Wood, one of the oldest and most widely used materials in fine crafts.

In the Cévennes, craftsmen use wood to create furniture, decorative objects and utensils. There are several cabinetmaking workshops and woodturners in the region, producing unique, high-quality objects.

There’s nothing more fascinating than seeing a piece of wood transformed into a salad bowl or toy.

Wool

Masterfully woven

Wool, another important craft material. Weavers and knitters are renowned for their expertise in creating woollen products. Local craftsmen are experts at using different textures and colors to create unique and attractive products.

Land of silk

Cevennes spinning mills

In the 13th century, in the Languedoc region, particularly in the Cévennes, sericulture and silk spinning were common practices within each family.

In contrast, the milling and weaving stages took place in nearby towns. Numerous old spinning mills can thus be found in the Cévennes.

The earth

Shaped with finesse

The clay, used by local potters and ceramists, wielding techniques that date back to antiquity. Terracotta products are widely used to decorate homes and gardens (the Vases of Anduze), as well as to store and prepare food. Many ceramists put their personalities into their creations and reinvent themselves each season, inspired by the elements around them.

Focus on the Vase d’Anduze

Since the 17th century, the Vase d’Anduze has been one of the treasures of the Porte des Cévennes.

The history of the Vase d’Anduze

For everything you need to know about this typically Cevennes pottery, which has stood the test of time and remains a guarantee of quality and authenticity.

La route du Vase d’Anduze

Today, this tourist route is the only way to guarantee you a quality Vase d’Anduze, made with respect for tradition.

Iron

Forged with talent

Local blacksmiths are experts in creating in iron, from decorative objects to utensils, using traditional techniques.

They play with fire and matter.

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