UPDATE 2017 – Gander Weaving has unfortunately closed its doors for good.
Tissage Gander is an Alsatian company with the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label, located in Muttersholtz, in the Alsace plain, not far from Sélestat. For 7 generations, the Gander family has been making typical Alsatian fabrics (especially kelsch). Kelsch is a linen or half-linen fabric (a mixture of cotton and linen) traditionally decorated with check patterns. You have certainly already seen them, for example in winstubs or hotels. Personally, I am in love with it!
Tissage Gander’s store is a paradise for fabric lovers: you can find many fabrics by the meter but also tablecloths, tea towels, aprons, cushions, scarves… They look great! The fabrics sold are all produced in the workshop which is located a few blocks from the store. They are the fruit of a true and ancestral Alsatian know-how. Here, you are sure not to buy low-quality fabrics made in Asia as found in many stores!
It is also possible to visit a souvenir workshop with the old objects used by the weavers and to watch a film to discover the work of weaving. The film lasts about 40 minutes, but it is interesting and we are well installed: it is worth it if you have a little time before you. The first part shows the ancient weaving techniques and the second part shows the work in the workshop as it is today. What a work of patience! It’s really impressive.
- Beautiful fabrics made in Alsace
- Alsatian know-how
- Interesting film to understand the work of weaving
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- As always, we would like to visit the workshop. However, it seems possible under certain conditions, you can always contact them.
My photos from the Gander Weaving Shop