Materials & Manufacturers
Manufacturers: Traditional passementerie
Passementerie is the handcraft to produce small works of art that adorned famous theaters, magnificent castles and - in the early days - even the swords and sabers of highly honored officers.
Almost forgotten, passemanterie is a handcraft from a bygone age. Derived from the early-French word for lace, passement, passemanterie is the art of making trimmings, edgings, braids, tassels and other forms of decorative adornment. Frequently, passemanterie workshops received royal seals of approval, but died out as fashions and tastes changed; today, it can only really be learned by studying old descriptions and instructions. In Germany, there is only a handful of craft manufactories which, using old looms, can produce passemanterie in the traditional way – like the fringes on the Noble Cushion, made on centuries-old equipment in just such a workshop in the Lausitz region close to Berlin. This craftmanship is a true gem that Museeum is very proud of.