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    • More than 250 years ago, in 1746 art and business joined hands when the 23 year old artist, Jean-Henri DOLLFUS started a joint venture with two equally young entrepreneurs Jean-Jacques SCHMALZER et Samuel KOECHLIN
    • Capitalising on the fashion trend at the time of painted fabrics and Jean-Henri's talent, they were the very first to manufacture hand painted Indian prints in Europe
    • For many years the business was a fabric printing business only, and run jointly by the two brothers, Jean-Henri and Jean DOLLFUS
    • Long before globalisation became the buzzword that it is today, these men had an international vision for their company, exporting their fabrics to all parts of the world
    • Near the end of the 18th century Jean-Henri DOLLFUS' nephew, Daniel DOLLFUS took over the reins of the business
    • In the spring of 1800, he married Anne-Marie MIEG and joined his wife's name onto his own, as was often the custom in those days
    • That same year he gave the company the new trade name of DOLLFUS-MIEG & Compagnie, or DMC
    • It was while completing his studies in Leeds, England that Dollfus junior discovered the invention of the chemist JOHN MERCER - "mercerising" - the process of passing the cotton thread through caustic soda thereby modifying the cotton and giving its strength, longevity and silky appearance
    • It was also in the 19th century that DMC established strong links with the famous embroiderer, Therese de DILLMONT
    • The friendship between this talented woman and Jean DOLLFUS-MIEG led her to move to Dornach, a town close to Mulhouse, where she founded her own embroidery school in close cooperation with DMC
    • Therese's greatest success was her Encyclopedia of Ladies' Handicrafts, which was published in 1886 and translated and distributed to seventeen countries
    • Both world wars slowed down production, and in 1961 the company merged with THIRIEZ & CARTIER BRESSON
    • The new company kept the trade name of DMC, with THIRIEZ & CARTIER BRESSON contributing the now famous horse's head
    • Today the DMC Group remains an international organisation manufacturing consumer threads, industrial thread and textile related products
    • The company's commitment to quality and creativity remains as strong now as it was in the 18th century
    • The Dollfus family's early motto remains alive today:
    • TENUI FILO MAGNUM TEXITUR OPUS - "From one fine thread a work of art is born"