Le silence a régné dans la cour du château en 2020 en raison des contraintes sanitaires.
Espérons que la fête de Mézerville aura lieu en 2021 et que l’Association NAMUKA pourra nous proposer un spectacle !

Woad

Woad, a tinctorial plant, was used for its blue dye that didn’t fade in the sun. This tap-rooted plant, liked the dryness of the summer and the cold of the winter, and grew very well in the rich, deep, and alluvial ground of the Laugarais. “In the whole country, woad grows well only in Lauragais” (Olivier de Serres)

The harvest of the leaves started around the day of “Saint-Jean” (end of June) and then continued every 25 days from July to October for the most mature leaves.

The preparation of the woad’s dye was made by crushing it in the woad mill, with a millstone driven by a mule.

The pulp was piled up squeezed dry, rolled in “coques” (cocoon), “coquaignes” or “cocagnes” (where we get the expression “pays de cocagnes” - “the land of plenty”), of 12 to 15 cm diameter balls, that were then dried during 15 to 20 days in sheds.

The cocoons were then crushed and mixed with lime to ferment. After a while, it became “agranat” that was pulverized, sifted, put in sacks or in kegs and sold to markets.

Top of the page
Château de Mézerville ©2020 - Realisation Artisan du Virtuel - V1.7.1-2006-03-14 Page MAJ 12.06.2005