Cockaigne or Cockayne is a land of plenty in medieval myth, an imaginary place of extreme luxury and ease where physical comforts and pleasures are always immediately at hand and where the harshness of medieval peasant life does not exist.
Pays de Cocagne, a bountiful fantasy that has inspired artists through ages? Quite right, but the name of “Cocagne” first originates in our region, a triangle between Toulouse, Carcassonne and Albi, from the Occitan word “cocanhas” (woad balls), which, after processing, produce the famous “bleu pastel” (pastel blue) dye.
It began here around 1200, when the Isatis Tinctoria was first grown and its substrate marketed and the area turned into a wealthy place.
Nowadays, this place, around the small city of Puylaurens, still offers nice walks in green landscapes under deep blue skies as blue as the clothes processed with woad.