Fabric from Arles, France brought to you by traveler Debbie Small.
"When the warm days of summer arrive in Provence, the air is filled with the song of the cicadas, or cigales in French. They’re the loudest insects on the planet and their “song” has been measured at up to 120 decibels, which is comparable to a motorcycle.
According to Provençal folklore, the cicada was sent by God to rouse peasants from their afternoon siestas on hot summer days and prevent them from becoming too lazy. The plan backfired: Instead of being disturbed by the cicada, the peasants found the sound of their buzzing relaxing, which in turn lulled them to sleep. There is a Provençal expression: Il ne fait pas bon de travailler quand la cigale chante, or “It’s not good to work when the cicada is singing.”
This cicada fabric was bought in Arles from a shop owned by a husband and wife, and the husband makes the fabrics. The people of Provence adopted the noisy critters as their mascot based on a legend, and the motif made its way into everything from regional fabrics to pottery displayed proudly outside Provençal homes." —Debbie Small
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- Limited Edition: Only 18 made.
- Made in USA
- Fits a 15" laptop
- Passport pocket inside