Bought at the age of 14, in America, by Jean-Philippe Kervezennec, botanist, in 1798.
Scientist mistress and personal cooker, she escorts him on his travels, including in 1801, during French Southern and antarctic lands exploration abord of the French corvette “Le géographe“.
Also gifted with seamstress skills, she copies Carhaix’s headdress on the basis of a sketch, and wears it in the course of their erotic games to help her lover emerge from the torpor that engulf him after 8 days to sea.
Back in Brittany in 1803, they settle in the Botanical Institute outhouse. There, Tèto learns how to lace with Jean-Philippe’s sister and provide headdress to the local bourgeoisie for years.