These lavender fuseaux (wands) are handmade by Elsa Lenthal in Provence each summer. Her grandmother taught her how to take 100 stems of just-picked lavender and thread the ribbon through each stem. Elsa spends her summer creating these wands to keep alive an artisan tradition.
The fuseau is shaped like a wand or a baby’s rattle. The lavender flowers are “trapped” in the centre and the stems adorned with a weave of bright coloured ribbons. These beautifully scented objects are 100% natural, as only the freshly harvested flowers are used. There are no artificial additives, and each fuseau will last a lifetime.
Postcards in Provence are purple, and during the season (late June – mid-August) lavender fields are covered with photographers snapping photos before the aroma-filled harvest begins. It is uncertain when the lavender plant first arrived in Provence. The plant could have come with the Greeks who classified it as precious, or the Romans who called it lavandula from the Latin word lavare (to wash). Regardless, the medicinal qualities of the plant were well understood over 2000 years ago.
Organized lavender farming began at the tail end of the 19th century, prior to that wild plants were gathered and used to treat wounds and other ailments. The flowers were also collected to make fuseaux. Provencal dowry chests in the 18-century often contained fuseaux to perfume lightly clothes and linens, something that would have been of great importance during the Middle Ages when hygiene was an afterthought.
Available in limited quantities you can order from our stockroom now.
- 100% natural
- 100% French Lavender
Lavender is the gift of choice for marriages that last 46 years, a symbol of love and happiness.
NOTE: These wands will be available for a short period of time in March – send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when shipping resumes.
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