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Lyon was for a long time the center for silk production. Silk weavers used tunnels called traboules to transport goods. It's definitely one of the historic highlights. I went on a guided tour this morning of the Croix-Rousse district which is one of the oldest parts of the city. I lost count of how many (slightly stinky, steep, and dark) traboules we walked through but it was pretty cool. I was struck by how the neighborhoods are now mainly populated by immigrants; in a couple of courtyards I heard the disco beat of Algerian rai music or glimpse a couple of Berber carpets drying on a balcony.





one of the passages ended in this courtyard with a long staircase - I love the flower display in the right hand corner



the ruins of a Roman ampitheatre



a visit to L'Atelier de Soierie (silk workshop)



detail of silk-screening in process



the finished product
silkscreen 4


velour



painting the image



a detail of the scarf I purchased

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On March 1st, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
I love your pictures. They remind me of a pleasant few days I spent in Lyon nearly 10 years ago!
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On March 3rd, 2008 07:13 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Thanks! It's definitely a friendlier city than Paris!
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