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Tableware: between stories and traditions

Les arts de la table : entre histoires et traditions

Since Antiquity, banquets have been a moment of sharing and conviviality. Traditionally, tableware follows formal codes and rules established in the past. The residents have fun and play with its codes while bringing them up to date. The brand is therefore a clever mix of new trends and ancestral know-how. For us, tableware rhymes with beautiful table linen , silverware that is passed down from generation to generation, crystal champagne glasses received as a wedding gift ... Tableware is therefore imbued with a past history and sometimes even a family heritage.

Personalized cotton gauze table linen

Cotton gauze tablecloth and cotton gauze napkins : The residents revisit tableware with this material traditionally reserved for children's cloakrooms. As in the time of our grandmothers, we offer the opportunity to personalize your kitchen linen and table linen by having a word, first name or initials embroidered in gold letters. Embroidered linen is part of pure tradition since for young girls, it was the symbol of the transition from childhood to adulthood. Indeed, adolescence was the time when they learned to embroider while putting together their trousseau. The latter followed them once these young girls were married. In addition, this embroidery also had a practical aspect because it made it possible to recognize your laundry when it was mixed with the wash.

The napkin

They may not have been made of cotton gauze but the napkins also have their history! In Roman times, each guest brought their own napkin , which allowed them, at the end of the meal, to leave with the gifts offered by their host. In the Middle Ages, this tradition disappeared. From then on, the guests wipe themselves with the tablecloth . They reappeared little by little during the Renaissance to protect and not dirty the ruff of his costume. We are not talking about the fruit but rather about this large pleated white collar placed around the neck of the wearer, very fashionable in the middle of the 16th century.

Fork or spoon: social class distinction

For a very long time, our ancestors ate with their fingers. It took a little time before the cutlery found a place at the table. Indeed, first designed in Venice, the fork was introduced to France by Catherine de Medici. Made with two picks and a long handle, it was designed for hygiene reasons. Its use was a sign of distinction since it was reserved for the nobility. However, it was only in the 18th and 19th centuries that each guest, seated around the table, began to use their own cutlery to carry food from their plate to their mouth. The spoon, for its part, was the adage of the peasant class. It facilitated the consumption of porridge, a characteristic dish of their diet at that time.

Round knife or pointed knife

Initially, the knife was only used for the common dish and was used from time to time to cut meat. From then on, its blade was pointed to be able to stab into the dish. When it reached the side of our plates and spread like a personal utensil, its tip became round.

Tablecloth, napkins , cutlery, you now know a little more about the art of the table throughout history!

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