by M. L. Longworth
The 2013 Bandol harvest is quickly approaching, and the last Sunday of August is traditionally reserved for the winemakers’ fête, with a parade, music, and wine tastings in La Cadière d’Azur.
I love this detail of the woman’s skirt and apron, and her Provençal shawl.
Dancing to a pipe band with accordion…notice their full skirts and clogs (sabots). The skirts are quilted; called boutis in Provençal. Below is a close-up:
This was a huge quilt; the woman who made it told me she could never sell it, or even give it a price. It took her three years to make, five hours a day. She doesn’t use a quilting frame, but sews on her knees.
On our way home: this boy, bored by the music and dancing, got out his book and began to read. Hoorah! some kids still read novels!