The Maison Sajou sewing sets are inspired by vintage models. Embroidery scissors, thimble and thread winder are presented in a galuchat-style casket. The word galuchat comes from the name of master casket maker Jean-Claude Galluchat who, in the 18th century perfected the use of fish skins (dogfish or skate) for covering precious objects. Among his many famous clients, he worked for the Marquise de Pompadour.
In France, the historical regions of scissor-making are the the same as those of cutlery fabrication: The Haute-Marne in Nogent-en Bassigny, Châtellereault, Thiers, Rouen... However, the most refined and sophisticated production of scissors was to be found in Nogent. The embroidery scissors we offer here are re-editions from traditional French scissor-making. They are made in France benefitting from the craftmanship of qualified artisans.
Traditionally, the domestic sewing scissors were divided into three different size categories.
- the "embroiderers", small scissors for embroidery and lacework (between 8 and 12cm),
- the "linen scissors", household scissors for bed linen and small cuts of cloth (between 12 and 18cm),
- the "dressmakers", scissors specifically intended for dressmaking (16cm upwards).
It should be remembered that, up till the 20th century and the arrival of ready to wear goods, the majority of clothes were home-made. Professional scissors are generally much larger. We offer a large range of professional scissors: traditional "linen" scissors, dressmakers scissors, non-symetrical scissors, tailors shears...
Our Sajou scissor cases are made in a small workshop in the north of France and the ribbons are woven in the Saint-Etienne region.