The Pastel plant (Isatis tincoria) has been known even before Roman times for its many beneficial uses. Within the course of the centuries, it was recognized as the miraculously versatile plant that it is, and in other times was condemned and even prohibited by heads of state, even misinformed kings, to be grown or used in some countries for being an invasive and health-threatening toxic plant. As always, it is the right measure that makes the difference.
|Chateau Loubens-Lauragais (France) Note the window panes,|
picking up the sky's blue to join in the color scheme of the festival!
|Pleu Pastel Balls = Coques / Cocagnes and Pastel seed in the small bowl|
|Carded sheep fleece dyed Pastel Blue|
|Upright Loom Weaving|
|Sur le Pont d'Avignon... that is what they were singing!|
|Spinning with a spindle - note the Pastel Blue hands!|
|Pastel Country Bovine - note the shimmering horns!|
|Dyeing for blue...|
|Carding the fleece to spin into much coveted skeins of Pastel Blue yarn|
|Town Crier with a modern mike|
Also see this post for information on a store in Revel (Midi, France) selling Pastel products: Elisabeth.Tricot.