Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fransi Shop - magasin de tissus

Fransi Shop

This is but one of the many fabric and textile shops found in Montmartre.  
Quilters and sewers find their way to this section of Paris.  
It is not glamorous but I have heard tales of great bargains.

Although the bolts of fabric seen here are covered at the pavement level, 
I would be concerned about the splashes of cars and delivery vehicles as well as the intermittent rain seen in Paris.

Fransi Shop
11, rue d'Orsel
75018, Paris


Dianne said...

Ah Genie! Those Parisiennes know their fabrics ......always discerning .... never compromising quality for price. It's good to see this pic with the belts spilling out onto the pavement but it would be a worry in the wet season.

"All Things French"

Joe said...

Hi Genie. These bolts of fabric all aligned vertically resemble people standing in a queue. I wonder what they would be queuing for in Montemarte? Tickets to the Moulin Rouge perhaps?

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Who doesn't love a fabric store? A treasure trove for both sight and touch.

Sketchbook Wandering said...

How fun to imagine the colors of these fabrics!

Cezar and Léia said...

Now you play with our imagination! Great image, I imagine pastel tones there!

brattcat said...

you are such a tease to do this in b&w. wonderful image. it has my fingers eager to touch.

Kristie Franklin said...

This would be a seamstress and quilters paradise! I love ruffling through different fabrics. The touch is part of the thrill and if the price is right, it's a deal!

I remember when in Zurich, Switzerland that the sales persons did not like for you to touch the merchandise. They would ask you what you wanted to see and they would take it down and let you look at it. It was a bit weird to me!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I don't sew or quilt anymore, but I still love fabric shops! Never saw one out in the open like this and I, too, would be a little concerned about passing cars and rain -- particularly here in Seattle!! Hope your week is off to a great start, Genie! Enjoy!


SRQ said...

Yikes -- they're daring putting that fabric outside.

Alexa said...

A bit of dirt or rain is one thing—here in NYC, you'd have to worry about bedbugs! (The dress I got married in was made by a friend from 3 different antique French fabrics—I'm a big fan.)

TheChieftess said...

No wonder my sister loved Montmartre!!!

Janey and Co. said...

Seems that the bottom halves are covered with plastic...Gosh do they have to carry all of this inside when they close? I bet the inside is interesting too!

Starman said...

When I first encountered this street in Montmartre, I could believe the number of fabric shops! Surprisingly, I didn't see that many people actually shopping there.

Loree said...

How strange that all that fabric is sitting outside.

Randy said...

That would be something to see in color.

Connie said...

Your photos are so fresh . . . not at all what you see in touristy pamphlets. I feel like I am seeing the real Paris and the soul of her people.
Thank you for your daily taste of a city I've only dream about. You make it real.
Connie :)

M said...

It is concerning to see the fabric exposed to the elements but what a delightful way to entice potential customers!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Genie,

I love your photo, fabric shops are wonderful and I enjoy visiting them.
We rented an apartment up in Montmartre and I loved exploring around all the shops and places of interest.
Many thank for visiting me and your kind note.
Best wishes for 2013

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Dianne, I think that Paris always holds that chance of rain, and I worried about the fabrics as well.

Joe, you are right. I do see many people queued up.

Most of you have commented about putting that fabric outside in danger of rain and/or traffic splash. Although the lower portion of each bolt of fabric is covered, I just do not think that is enough. But... c'est la vie.

I did not go in this store, but think that when they bring all of this inside at night (yes, they do) that you would not be able to move around.

Although I did a bit of a tease making this in b/w, but the colors were mostly solids and not very exciting, certainly not like the prints of Provence or London. The awning is a deep forest green. I have plenty of fabric photos and will usually show them in color.

I do love reading your comments.


weekend et coup de brosse said...

C'est un vrai marché et tout est étalé dehors sur le trottoir, je trouve toujours cela curieux!
BONNE PHOTO en noir et blanc!