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Leather and leather products

Leather and leather products

There are many leather workshops in the Aosta Valley. They mainly produce modern accessories (backpacks, bags, wallets, shoes, belts) and clothing. Some leatherworkers still produce collars for livestock, harnesses for horse, “socques” (clogs with a wooden sole and a leather upper), and other objects such as kit bags, flasks, canteens and snuffboxes, all tightly associated with the folklore of the Aosta Valley.

Wrought iron

Wrought iron

In past centuries ironmongery was a pillar of the economy of the Aosta Valley and every village had several blacksmiths producing everyday objects such as containers, chains for livestock, keys and locks, oil lamps, irons. Nowadays production is geared more towards artwork, servicing the building industry - producing railings, signs or gratings for example – or interior décor, with pieces such as lamps, umbrella stands or coat stands.

Wood and furniture

Wood and furniture

Be it rustic or more elegant, furniture of the Aosta Valley is characterised by common qualities: pleasing lines, simplicity, sober decorations. The preferred material is always walnut. We also find the simpler and less expensive pine, a lighter wood with a paler colour, which features heavily in mountain houses. Clients can order customised pieces and the more innovative furniture makers combine the modern with the traditional with originality.

Household objects

Household objects

Tradition dictates that all tourists who visit the Sant'Orso fair should bring something home as a lucky charm, and the most popular choice is the typical wooden spoon. As well as more traditional items such as chopping boards, bread boards, bowls and spoons, craftsmen now make a wide range of objects such as cups, baskets, cups which combine wood with other materials such a glass or ceramic, or more industrial products such as saucepans and equipment for restaurants.

Goldsmithing

Goldsmithing

There have been goldsmiths in the Aosta Valley since antiquity; the gold and native silver mines of the Lys valley are famous. Ancient documents mention goldsmiths in the Camporcher valley in the 13th century, in Aosta and Châtillon in the 14th and 15th centuries. Nowadays production is centered around a few companies producing high-quality work. The creations of the goldsmiths of the Aosta Valley are brimming with the passion for manual work so typical of the Valley, ranging from small gold pendants to artistic bronze casts.

Soapstone

Soapstone

Soapstone objects have been made since the Neolithic, the period of polished stone, and has reached us thanks to the craftsmen who cut, turned and engraved it. Soapstone is a very homogeneous and compact stone, which is greenish-grey and very soft when it is freshly quarried, but becomes harder and darker when it is polished. It is used to make household items such as ornaments, bowls, dishes, clocks and pipes.

Sculptures e artistic creations

Sculptures e artistic creations


Originally an activity to occupy time which was not occupied by work in the fields, over time sculpture has become the artistic soul of craftsmanship in the Aosta Valley. The most popular subjects are scenes from everyday life, and so we find shepherds or farmers at work, “cornailles” (stylised cows with long horns), stylised cockerels and mules alongside religious subjects. The raw materials come directly from the territory: the preferred woods are walnut, pine, apple and maple.

Textiles and clothing

Textiles and clothing

Hemp, a rough monochrome fabric whose strength makes it ideal for work in the fields, and wool have always been the main players of the textile sector in the Aosta Valley. The production of clothing, sheets, towels and blankets is accompanied by some more typical products. “Dentelle”, a very fine lace, is made in Cogne; “chanvre”, hemp, in Camporcher, “drap”, a rough lambswool cloth in Valgrisench, and “D'Socka”, fabric slippers, in the Gressoney valley.

Glass and ceramics

Glass and ceramics

Coloured glass, depicting landscapes or people, is made by staining, with mosaics or by melting in many workshops. Ceramic, with its deep roots in time, has also been rediscovered in the last thirty years with a flourishing production in the Aosta Valley. The most popular items are dishes, cups, bowls, jars, carafes, fruit bowls, centrepieces, vases, artistic ceramic wood-burning stoves and the new “white grolla”.

Companies

Chambre valdôtaine - Sportello SPIN2
Regione Borgnalle 12 - 11100 Aosta
Tel. +39 0165 573089 - Fax +39 0165 573090
Mail sportellovda@pie.camcom.it