Joycelyn Trahan was a beloved artisan employed by Vermilionville for over 15 years. She was a tenth generation Acadian and who spoke French language of her ancestors. Her understanding of and appreciation for traditional Cajun textiles stemmed from a background in sewing, which she learned from her mother while growing up in Lafayette, Louisiana.
She led workshops on quilting and rag doll making during her time at Vermilionville. Joycelyn also taught wax flower making as a part of her scope of traditional Acadian crafts. With an extensive knowledge of fabrics and clothing styles of the late 18th and 19th centuries, Joycelyn made the majority of the on-site Vermilionville costumes.
Joycelyn also sold her beautiful work in the Vermilionville’s gift shop, La Boutique. She offered slat bonnets, regular bonnets, cooking aprons, as well as traditional Acadian period costumes, allowing visitors to take a bit of history home with them.