This thread is the most famous product by Fil Au Chinois, a historic brand still manufactured in Northern France by Ets Toulemonde. Traditionally used to sew everything from parachutes to boat sails, these easy to use spools of twisted and waxed linen are perfect for stitching heavy fabrics, jewelry making and bindings.
Each spool contains 55 yards (50m) of thread inside a 1" x 1.5" (2.5 x 3.5cm) capsule.
Colors currently available include white, black and ecru.
The thread's traditional packaging depicts one of the oldest illustrations of the famous "Chinois" character and the color of the surrounding label varies, according to availability, between black, blue and deep red.
Fil Au Chinois products are exclusively distributed in the US in partnership with Sajou, a thriving haberdashery business founded by Federique Crestin-Billet in 2005. Her love for her craft, history and country are visible in everything she does from her manner, to her products and their packaging.
Sajou aids in the preservation and growth of numerous French small manufacturers, including Fils au Chinois.