Maison de la Broderie

Maison de la Broderie information

Cilaos , Réunion
Rue des Écoles
+262 262 31 77 48
admission €1
Opening hours
9.30am-noon & 2-5pm Mon-Sat, 9.30am-noon Sun
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The originator of Cilaos' embroidery tradition was Angèle Mac-Auliffe, the daughter of the town's first doctor of thermal medicine. Looking for a pastime to fill the long, damp days in the Cirque, Angèle established the first embroidery workshop with 20 women producing what later evolved into a distinctive Cilaos style of embroidery.

Nowadays, the Maison de la Broderie is home to an association of 30 or so local women dedicated to keeping the craft alive. They embroider and sell children's clothes, serviettes, place settings and tablecloths. It's laborious work: a single placemat takes between 12 and 15 days to complete.