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Chateau Dumas with Maor Zabar

16 - 23 July 2024

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Join us for our incredible residential Millinery Retreat & Workshop at Chateau Dumas with one of the most progressive, award winning hat designers of our time, Maor Zabar.

The 7 night inclusive retreat is set in the wondrous countryside of Auty, in the  Tarn-et-Garonne region of the northern Occitanie, southern France. 

During the week there will be time to relax, rejuvenate and re-charge whilst enjoying not only the stunning panoramic views over the beautiful, unspoilt french countryside and the stunning 22 acres of chateau grounds but time to cool off in the large saltwater pool.


Estivales du Chapeau Caussade

The week also includes a trip to Estivales du Chapeau Caussade, the unmissable millinery festival of markets, music, shows and dancing. Milliners from around the world attend this summer hat festival and present their creations in parades for the international hat contest. Details on how to enter the 2024 competition can be found here.

Guests will also enjoy an evening out at a local restaurant.

The Workshop

The 5 day workshop will cover millinery techniques and processes that are used by Maor within his atelier, including “Sinasilk”, an innovative technique developed by Maor himself. .

During the week students will be taught three unique practices which include the draping, manipulating and free-forming of fabrics and other materials, sculpting 3D shapes, silk painting, and constructing and creating dramatic headpieces.

The workshop is catered to all levels, however, all applicants must have basic hand sewing skills.

About Maor

Maor is a couture milliner based in Tel-Aviv, specializing in surreal and unexpected pieces of art to wear a top your head.
As the grandson of a tailor, Maor started to sew and play with fabrics at a young age which inspired him to become a designer. It was after Maor graduated in fashion and costume design at the Shenkar college of Engineering & Design in Tel Aviv, in 2003, that he opened his own studio and began working as a costume designer in theatre, opera & dance. In recent years, Maor has won numerous awards for his work and has secured his place as one of the leading costume designers in Israel.

In 2014 Maor set up his own atelier, Maor Zabar Hats where he designs and produces impeccable handcrafted hats and headpieces. His unique metier incorporates the unexpected with style, colour and humour.

Drawing his inspiration from nature, art and history his meticulous, hand-crafted pieces are contrasted between a classic and modern world, bringing his unique style to life with theatrical aesthetic that is mixed with the element of humour. Maor’s work takes him around the world as a designer and as a teacher where he shares his unique techniques.

Essential Information

16-23 July 2024
7 night/8 day millinery retreat


Single occupancy double bedrooms with ensuite  £3,500

Single bedroom with bathroom £2,950


7 nights/8 day stay, Full Board (one dinner at guests cost)

Exclusive use of the gardens and swimming pool.

5 Day Workshop & materials. Trip to Caussade Hat Festival.


Airfares, airport transfers,3 course dinner at a local restaurant – This will be approximately an additional €61pp to include the meal, a glass of wine, tip and transport.


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Estivales du Chapeau de Caussade

T's & C's

If you would like to join us in 2024 then please book your place below.
Please note that until we have emailed confirmation your booking is not guaranteed. 

If you have any questions then you can contact us at

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