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BAROT Cécile

Born
Montreal, QUE, 1903
Died
Montreal, QUE, 1957
Biography synopsis
Cécile Barot was one of the main defenders of the traditional ceinture fléchée. She learned the craft while on vacation in Charlevoix and, upon her return to Montreal, studied ethnographer Marius Barbeau's writings in order to perfect her technique. At the time, fléché was considered a dying art and Barot, along with Françoise Gaudet-Smet and other scholars, is credited with the revival of interest in the craft. Besides producing belts at a frenetic pace, Barot conducted several demonstrations during craft fairs, cooperated with the Canadian Handicrafts Guild and wrote a technical guide to the ceinture fléchée which was published in Barbeau's book on the subject. In recognition of her contribution to traditional revival, Barot received the Grand Prix d'artisanat de la province de Québec in 1951. Her work has been featured in several exhibits including "Le fléché, bien plus qu'une ceinture!" which was presented at La Maison des Jésuites de Sillery from March to December 2014.
Media used
Finger Weaving: Ceinture fléchée
File & Archive locations
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
National Film Board of Canada, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Centrale d'artisanat du Québec
McCord Museum Archives, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Barbeau, Marius. Ceinture fléchée. Montreal: Les Éditions l'Étincelle, 1973.
Barbeau, Victor. Initiation à l'humain Montreal, QC: Éditions de la "Familiale", 1944.
Galaise, Suzanne. "La ceinture flechee." Les Franco-Americains et leur heritage quebecois. Quebec, QC: Conseil de la vie francaise en Amerique, 1986.
Gaudet-Smet, Françoise. "Avant Tout." Le Bien Public 17 Feb. 1944: 2.
Gaudet-Smet, Françoise. "Cécile Barot et son oeuvre." Paysana May 1945: 6-7.
Gauvreau, Jean-Marie. "La ceinture fléchée." Vie des Arts 13 (1958): 30-33.
Genest Leblanc, Monique. Introduction de la ceinture fléchée chez les Amérindiens: création d'un symbol de statut social. Québec, Quebec: Université de Laval, 1996.
L'Association des artisans de ceinture flechee de Lanaudiere. Histoire et origines de la ceinture flechee traditionelle dite de L'Assomption. Sillery, QC: Les Editions du Septentrion, 1994.
Labsade, Françoise. Le Québec, un pays, une culture. Montreal: Boréal, 2001.
Lavallee, Pierrette. "Le fleche." Femmes d'ici (Montreal) 16.2 (Oct. 1981): 12-13
http://bv.cdeacf.ca/CF_PDF/1989_09_pd234_1981v16n02.pdf.
Le Pailleur, Jean-P.. "Exposition provinciale d'artisanat organisée à Salaberry-de-Valleyfield." Le Salaberry 29 June 1944: 8-9.
Leduc, Maurice. "Fleches de toutes laines." Le Maclean (Montreal) (Dec. 1973): 30-32 & 38-40.
Simard, Cyril. Artisanat Québécois Montreal: Les Editions de l'Homme, 1975.
Verdeau-Hemlin, Denise. Évolution des motifs de fléché. Montreal, QC: L'Association des artisans de la ceinture fléchée du Québec, 1990.

Writings by
Barot, Cécile, Marius Barbeau. "Méthode de Mlle Cécile Barot." Ceinture Fléchée. Montreal, QC: Les Éditions l'Étincelle, 1973.

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