(On the Silk and Textile Route)
Follow the signs for Millau (D999) for about 3km.
At the end of the Cavaillac straight line, turn right and then 600m further left to reach Molières.
You will immediately notice the old renovated spinning mill, with its large "round-arched" bays. This spinning mill was the last to close its doors in the 1950s.
Go through the village and make a stop at Esparon, a picturesque perched hamlet.
Go down the narrow road D790 to Bez.
Wool and then cotton hosiery was replaced in the 18th century by silk hosiery. This industry was essentially a family business and the Cévennes worked at home on a loom made by locksmiths. You can see these looms, made up of 2 to 3,000 pieces, in the Cévenol Museum.
Turn left (D999) in the direction of Le Vigan to arrive in Arre.
This village has been an important hosiery centre. In the 19th century, factories replaced home work and the "Brun d'Arre" factory successfully developed this industry: purchase of mechanical looms in 1860, of high-performance looms in 1880, creation of a dyeing workshop... Brun d'Arre" was well known for its silk stockings thanks to the creation, in 1906, of the brand "le bas Lys".
In the 20th century, with the arrival of nylon and synthetic materials, factories continued to produce stockings but little by little many of them closed down over the years for economic reasons. Today, there is still the WELL factory in Le Vigan, which is also gradually reducing its workforce.
Return to Le Vigan by the D999.