Hand sewing is an art that is more than 20,000 years old. Originally made of bones and horns of animals, the sewing needle has gradually evolved into what it is today. The invention of the sewing machine has given the seamstresses a valuable tool, allowing them to assemble and more easily transform fabrics, coupons, and accessories into elegant clothes sought after by people. The profession of seamstress has long been a noble trade as having the power to give a resplendent image to its clientele. In addition to practice on her own behalf, the seamstress had the opportunity to be employed in a specialized sewing establishment, in a garment factory or in a ready-to-wear store. Consequently, she made all kinds of clothes: dresses, blouses, shirts, pants, etc.
The course of this exhibition focuses on the arsenal and the creative process of the seamstress, which is to say the presentation of tools and instruments of work, of various textile materials and examples of finished products. Ultimately, the expertise of this profession is also magnified. The public will discover a universe that includes very special objects, to take just one example, the "sewing bird" invented in the 18th Century.