Not all luxury comes with craftsmanship, but when they do,
the result is super luxe and rare.
Here are some pictures from Hermes Festival des Metiers, The exhibition showcasing 7 different Hermes crafts that happened in Siam Paragon back last month. It was really an insight and super rare experience to observe the arts of separating block for silk screen printing by hands and the sharp eyes of Nadine Rabilloud, an engraver who has been with the company for more than 38 years.
When Nadine Rabilloud, the silk engraver first received the artistic design from the print designer, she has to separate the design into many transparent films , each has different colours. She will start from darker hues to lighter ones, by placing a transparent film on the printed design and tracing the outlines. She uses Indian ink and a quill for fine outlines, and gouache and a brush for colour blocks.
For some areas that are grainy , she will scratch the pencil on rough film instead of smooth one, or use electronic fountain pen that gives the super fine dash lines.
“It is time consuming but I really enjoy it. Personally, I like the complex designs. It is like an adventure to find out what’s in the design – the trees, the animals – as well as to guess what objects the artist paints and what it made from so that I can choose the colour in the same direction, such as the colour of leather or metal.” – Nadine Rabilloud
This silk engraving process takes six months for the artisan to interpret the nuances of the design and translate them into combinations of colours, which will determine the number of films necessary. In 1937, when Hermes first launched their silk scarf, it has 13 colours. The Wakoni, the most complex design of today has 46 colours, which means she has to engrave 46 films layering on top of each other to create one silk scarf. The engraving of this scarf alone takes 2,000 hours. This scarf above has 36 colours, The average for one scarf is normally 27 colours.
Photos by Kamonnart Ongwandee
Some Information from the Nation