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The Christmas Market Castres in the Tarn department in the Pays de Cocagne, a stand dedicated to Pastel who made the wealth and fame of the region.

Woad (Isatis tinctoria) was grown extensively since the twelfth century in the diocese of Albi and the triangle Albi, Toulouse, Carcassonne (also called "Land of Plenty"), until the eighteenth century. Leaves worked into balls (called "cokes"), gave an exceptional blue. The pastel was reserved for dyeing fabrics richer, funds were used to make tanks based paint linseed oil for protection shutters, and carts (blue wheelwright). Indeed, the former had noticed that the repulsive property of blue to insects.

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