Book: Le Minor, par Armel Morgant
In the 1930s, Marie-Anne Le Minor created a business to promote the talents of the embroiderers of the Pont L'Abbé area. Over the decades, her vision grew broader and her product lines developed until the name "Le Minor" became synonymous with the traditions of the region: costume dolls, table linens, scarves, clothing (including the famous kabig, a sort of duffle coat), church banners, tapestries ... Well-known artists worked with Le Minor to produce their designs on textiles, both printed and embroidered (and this is still true today!).
This book presents the history of Le Minor, touching on all the major areas of creation and production of the business since it was founded in the 1930s. In addition to being both historically and artistically fascinating, the book itself has unusual features, beginning with the dust jacket that unfolds into a poster that is a montage of Le Minor images. The sections of the book have different textures, with a matte paper for text, glossy paper for photos, and heavy transparent tracing paper to divide off sections. From the earliest very traditional patterns to the quite contemporary offerings of today, the range of production of the business is astonishing. This book is wonderful to look at and to read - a terrific resource!
By Armel Morgant, 9-3/4" x 6-3/4", 304 pages with photos on every page, hard cover with dust jacket, in French, Coop Breizh, 2012.