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The firm Rouyer was one of the three French firms that dominated the ebb
roidery-world in the nineteenth century: Sajou, N. Alexandre-Lejeunesse en Rouyer. Sajou was the most important one with a production of far over a million embroidery patterns. The firm didn’t date its product. From some we know that Sajou exhibited its product in the Palais de l’Industrie in Paris at the Exposition universelle [d’art et d’industie] in 1867, and others on similar exhibitions in for example Vienna in 1873. These exhibitions were a kind of competition and the Sajou-booklets were often rewarded with medals and praise for being ‘exquisit’ examples that affect ‘good taste in a most prosperous way’.
Two years later he opened a workshop at the Rue des Anglaises 20, organized according to the rules and regulations of its time. All employees lived permanently at the factory. The children of employees learned to read, write and calculate when they were 10 years old. And of course they got sewing lessons. Twice a week catechesis was taught and no contact with the other world was allowed. But when they left Sajou they were educated with such standards and morals that they would make perfects wives and mothers.
|The Sorrows of Maria by Sajou, 1885|
|Le guide Sajou|
|Alphabet by Sajou|
Sajou was undisputed the biggest publisher. Maison N. Alexandre-Lajeunesse, opgericht in 1862 only published two kinds of patterns: booklets with four to eight pages and hard cover manuals in which you can also find patterns. Alexandre-Lajeunesse published blue, as well as full colour patterns.