Thursday, 21 April 2011
Molleton - SUMMER SLUMBERS
You may not have seen, let alone heard of, the molleton blanket. It's a French summer blanket in flannelette, with stripes each end, a distinctive knotted fringe, and often has initials and numbers actually woven into the border, a sign that they were ordered in some quantity for the client. These were very much part of the dowry of brides living in a hot climate, in the Southern half of France, the evenings are hot there and steamy, but later in the night the temperature goes down and that is when you need a light soft cover to keep you warm in bed. I have sold a great many of these, mostly for holiday use and for children - to a log cabin in Aspen ski resort and to a new mother who covered nursery furniture - nice and cosy and washable for a new baby!