“We only see this in films”: in Lyon, the silk industry targeted by a mysterious crow

“We only see this in films”: in Lyon, the silk industry targeted by a mysterious crow
“We only see this in films”: in Lyon, the silk industry targeted by a mysterious crow

It has long been the wealth and pride of the city of Lyon. Today, Lyon silk finds itself tangled in an affair that some summarize as a “sad squabble” between traders. Historic craft houses in Old Lyon, such as the Saint-Georges silk factory, are thus the target of an individual – whom they suspect of being a trader – driven by the desire to destroy their reputation.

The smear campaign began with malicious calls and threats, and continued on the Internet with the publication of false reviews. “It’s jealousy. I never imagined I would be the target of a crow. We only see that in the movies,” confides one of the victims, who went to find the man she accuses of being the slanderer. The tone rose, the situation degenerated and a complaint was filed.

A case that makes a lot of noise

The silk manufacturer, who specifies that he produces his fabrics in the region, could not bear to be accused of “forwarding” Chinese goods to passing tourists: “We are recognized for our know-how. I have nothing to reproach myself. »

A couple of silk artisans – who also wish to remain anonymous – denounce a trial of intent: “We all use silk threads produced in China, India or Brazil. But our know-how comes from Lyon. Our models are designed here, in our workshop. »

In Lyon, a city known for the quality of its silks, the affair caused a stir. The merchants, who witnessed the scene, were saddened: “I don’t understand why they are shooting each other when there is work for everyone,” confides one of them, in a hurry to cut things short. the discussion because his shop is full of customers. Taylor Swift fans came from all over the world to attend the American star’s concerts and left, after a few days spent in Lyon, with beautiful silk scarves in their suitcases.

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