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Franche-Comté has a firmly established reputation as a centre of expertise. The skills deployed here are numerous, and occasionally surprising.

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Arts and crafts Franche-Comté

An association of Franche-Comté professionals intended to promote local craftsmanship among various stakeholders.

In the heart of the Jura Mountains

It was in the Jura Mountains that many of the industries were born which have made Franche-Comté’s name. The eyeglass is said to have been created over 200 years ago in Morez. And still today, more than 38 companies depend on this expertise, highlighted in the Musée de la Lunette, or Eyewear Museum, through fun, interactive exhibitions.

In the popular imagination, Saint-Claude is associated with pipes and diamonds, two major industries on which the town built its reputation. Two key locations evoke the town’s golden age: the Pipe and Diamond Museum and the workshop of the master pipemaker Genod.

Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park is home to many artisans, reflecting traditional expertise. Among these is the  Bellefontaine stonecutting workshop, where precious stones are worked in accordance with the strictest practice. The other key material worked by Franche-Comté craftspeople is wood,, which plays a role in housing, crafts, art, watchmaking and gastronomy, by means, for example, of wooden kitchen ware, or ‘boissellerie’. The Musée de la Boissellerie, in the heart of the resort of Rousses,is a unique opportunity to discover the many items produced and the various uses of wood.

To round off your understanding of local expertise, pay a visit to the Atelier des Savoir-Faire in Ravilloles. This is a unique venue intended to introduce and demonstrate traditional areas of expertise, with classes for adults and children, a permanent exhibition on regional skills, and temporary exhibitions featuring innovative designers.

From valley to valley

In Franche-Comté, precision is not only a matter for micro-technology. In Luxeuil-les-Bains the Conservatoire de la Dentelle excels at similarly intricate work and produces pieces of great originality.

Loue and Lison Valley is home to a number of different trades, including jewellery-making, furniture production, stonecutting and sculpture.

Another centre of artistic craftsmanship in Franche-Comté is La Cristallerie in Passavant-la-Rochère, currently the oldest ornamental glassworks still operating in France.

Franche Comté’s global reputation perhaps rests above all on its watchmaking, with local clocks and watches combining traditional expertise with a more modern reappropriation of this industry. Museums and companies strive daily to make the very most of this expertise. One example of an innovative and contemporary approach is the Besançon firm Utinam.

In addition to the sites to visit, the craftspeople to meet and the procedures to discover, Franche-Comté expertise represents a genuine way of life.