The Evolving Landscapes of Fléché: From Its Early Days to Its Hopeful Future

by | Mar 24, 2021 | Art & Craft

As a lifelong lover of fibre and textile arts, I have always known that the ceinture fléchée is an important part of Québécois heritage, as our contribution to the world’s repertoire of textiles. The fléché technique is a creation of descendants of French settlers established in Québec, and it is indeed unique: Wherever else this specific form of finger-braiding has been found, it can be traced back to its origins here.

That, however, basically covered the extent of my knowledge regarding this iconic textile piece and fibre-art technique, so I was eager to dig further into it.

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For more on fléché, read our profile on flécheuse Hélène Blouin.

Josiane Richer dit Laflèche
Josiane Richer dit Laflèche

Text and textile are the main threads that have run throughout Josiane Richer dit Laflèche’s life. She spins those threads herself, and she knits, weaves and sews them into the unique fabric that best fits her life with ME/CFS.
After studying anthropology and specializing in ethnolinguistics where, again, texts and textiles meet, she braided her interests into a freelance career. She works with words––both hers and those of others––in various ways, including in her capacity as the agent of writer and storyteller Éric Gauthier. Josiane is now indulging her inner language and culture geek by spinning a new yarn aimed at French learners, providing them with fun listening practice through a podcast called Your French-Speaking Friend.