From Hand to Hand: Hélène Blouin Furthers the Fléché Tradition
In a programme inaugurated in 2020, the Conseil québécois du patrimoine vivant (Québec Council for Living Heritage) awarded the title of Master of Living Traditions to five “outstanding artists and craftspeople who master a practice or technique passed down from generation to generation” (PDF). Among them was a flécheuse—someone who practices the art of finger-braiding ceintures fléchées: Hélène Blouin. I wondered: What does the path to becoming a Master of Living Tradition look like? I reached out to Hélène to find out.
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