Arts and Crafts

A piece of tradition and art from Valtellina

 

Pezzotti Workshops
Discover the most famous artisan product in Valtellina: pezzotti, called “pelorsc” are colourful, resistant rugs hand-woven by craftsmen using rags. A mix of cotton, wool, velvet and silk, the rags are transformed from a simple pieces of local cloth into original, refined furnishing accessories to take home as souvenirs from your holiday in splendid Valtellina. Go looking for the secrets of this ancient tradition in the most characteristic villages, in Ponte in Valtellina for example, or in Val d’Arigna, on the Orobic side, where the noble art of rag rugs is still handed down from one generation to the next.

Soapstone Workshops
Look for soapstone in Valmalenco and Valchiavenna, the main quarrying areas in Valtellina. What are the distinguishing features of soapstone? It is very resistant to fire and it stays hot for a long time. Traditionally it is used to make “Lavecc” pans, which are excellent for cooking stews, risottos, sauces and soups, while the “pioda”, a slab of the same stone is perfect for charcoal grilling meat. You will be amazed by the artistic details on soapstone as  many artisans decorate it with hand engraving or sculpt it to make very popular, highly ornamental articles.