The Pays de Cocagne, land of plenty

What does the expression “Pays de Cocagne” convey to you ? 

A bountiful fantasy that has inspired artists through ages ? Quite right, but the name of “Cocagne” first originates from the word “coques” (shells), which, after processing, produce the famous “bleu pastel” (pastel blue) dye.

It began in the XIIIth century when the Isatis Tinctoria was first grown and its substrate marketed and the area turned into a wealthy place. Travel back to those times of pastel dyers and colorists.