The way that BENAUD Creations operate is modeled on the socio-economic model of the Silk Industry in Lyon, which induces a synergy and strong partnerships with artisans and manufacturers of the Rhône-Alpes region. La Maison has built lasting relationships with partners, suppliers and employees, based on trust and respect, hence ensuring the development and longevity of the sector.

From yarn to finished fabric, BENAUD creates a synergy between all stakeholders to bring quality textile solutions though a creative approach. Moire, coating, embroidery, embossing, laminating, finishing techniques, flocking and various impressions, make a wide range of creations possible..


It is during the reign of Francis I, in 1536, that the Silk Industry is created. It comprises of small independent workshops situated in the city centre (Around Place Bellecour, Hotel Dieu and Old Lyon).

The story is brought to life in the heart of Lyon, which at that time has full control on the import of raw silk in France. The vessels unload silk of incomparable quality on the banks of the Saone and the Rhone. It then goes from workshop to workshop, from hand to hand, from yarn to finished fabric. Hence the Rhone-Alpes region has more than 80 jobs related to the textile industry.

In 1667, Colbert regulates the silk industry, which governs the expected work quality and tariffs to be charged.
Thanks to these social advancements and mastery of many skills, Lyon becomes the capital of silk in the late 17th century and radiates worldwide. Rich fabrics are then made to convert various royal residences, including Versailles.

Several well-known names in Lyons has allowed the development of the textile industry in France, such as that of Joseph-Marie Charles, the inventor of the famous weaving loom, called “Jacquard loom”. Born into a family of master-maker, he develops -in 1801 – the new mechanised technique that would require the intervention of a single worker.

It is during the 19th century that manufacturers set up on the slopes and plateau of la Croix-Rousse after the “Canut revolt”. Thanks to this revolt, the Canuts will benefit from better working conditions. During the mid-nineteenth century there are about 8,000 workshop foremen in Lyon, 40,000 companions and 100,000 weaving looms, half of which is set up in la Croix-Rousse.


The Silk Industry in Lyon is primarily a network of trusting relationships and respect between the different stakeholders in the textile industry. It presents a flexible organisation: rapid adaptation of production volume and product offerings to respond effectively to changes in the luxury industry and to the “whims of the fashion industry.”

The Industry’s system during this time is bustling with traders called “market-makers” or “soyeux”. The latter prepare their collections to present them to clients and develop fabrics to best meet their needs. After taking orders, they buy silks and get the workshop foremen to weave, dye and finish them.

Weaving looms are set up at home and operated as a family, with the help of one or more companions, and perhaps of an apprentice.

Over the centuries and various crisis and economic developments, the workshops are transformed into factories and gradually establish themselves across the Rhône Alpes region. By getting diversified in ready to wear goods, technical textiles and furniture markets, the Rhone-Alpine industrial network as we know it today adapts itself to the economic social changes for a long-lasting vision.