Yet another post about bags!
Many years back, when I visited the early morning farmer’s market in Ulm, I came across a beautiful cloth bag, with the image of cute dogs on it. Since then I have been earnestly waiting to buy some more. Finally, I learnt these are called Gobelin bags.
Later I discovered these bags in a small quaint shop in Ulm (each bag cost: 10 Euros), in Salzburg (where I got these bags for a very good bargain: 5 Euros each) and later in Brugges at a quaint and beautifully stocked shop called Serena (for a much lower price of 4.90 Euros per bag)!
These bags and purses come in a variety of natural prints with eye catchy images of flowers, animals and natural beauty. The texture of these fabrics is beautiful and each of these bags are different. I can never have enough of these bags.
*Its history dates back to the 15th century, when a Gobelin family dyers, established themselves in the Faubourg Saint Marcel in Paris on the banks of River Bievre.
The first head of the firm, Jehan, discovered a peculiar kind of scarlet dyestuff, and named it gobelin. And started making tapestries. This factory was purchased by Jean-Baptiste Colbert on behalf of Louis XIV and was named Goelins Manufactory. This royal factrory started supplying tapestries and related items to the court of Lous XIV and the later monarch. Now it is run by the French Ministry of Culture . Guided tours in the afternoons are offered by appointment, except on Mondays and some specific holidays.