Exhibition in Quimper: Kinklenn, embroidered handbags

By Lisa Farou
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1 May 24 at 8:26

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Yann Lagoutte, director of the Pascal Jaouen art embroidery school in Quimper (Finistère), delicately takes two pouches out of their packaging. The first is embroidered with blue flowers in Beauvais stitch. A turquoise pattern extends over part of the second, similar to an envelope: “It reminds me of the Care Bears and their drawn bellies,” laughs the director.

A selection of 20 pieces

These two pieces are among the 20 presented in theexposure Kinklenn, from May 2, 2024 to March 24, 2025. A Breton term which means flirtatious.

Minaudières, handbags, clutches, envelopes… “We wanted current pieces, linked to Breton culture,” explains Yann Lagoutte.

This exhibition represents a two-year job. Eight embroiderers participated in the creation: “This offers a diversity of aesthetics. »

Several embroiderers contributed to the creation, resulting in pieces with very different styles. ©Lisa FAROU

“These bags could be worn every day”

In the eyes of Yann Lagoutte, the bag is similar to a jewel. “I want the public to come away thinking that these bags could be worn every day. »

Outfits accompany this collection, including six created by Johanna de Rangot. Among them, this silk organza bustier, accompanied by high-waisted pink pants, a mix of wild silk and satin.

Outfits were designed by seamstress Johanna de Rangot. ©Lisa FAROU

The milliner Catherine Roncin, based in Saint-Nazaire, was also contacted. The result is five pairs of bags and hats.

Practical information.
Until March 24, 2025 at the art embroidery school, 16 rue Haute in Quimper.
Open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday in May and June, then Monday to Saturday in July and August, closed Wednesday morning and public holidays.
Price: 4 euros, free – 12 years old.

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