In 2013 took place the 1013th edition of the “Millenary” fair of Sant’Orso which is the most important event devoted to the traditional handicraft of Aosta Valley, whose origins are lost in times. On 30th and 31st January of every year, Aosta’s streets in the historical centre are filled up with typical stalls where hundreds of craftsmen from the whole Valley display and sell their own works: wooden sculptures, typical furniture, engraved objects, traditional textiles, laces and ribbons, ceramics, leather and wrought iron, baskets, wooden toys and tools, the nice tatà, the typical sabots, the simple cornailles and the typical cocks and the coloured wooden flowers.
The professional craftsmen display their works inside the Padiglione L’Atelier in the central Piazza Chanoux (Square Chanoux). The night between 30th and 31st January takes place the Veillà, the traditional “white night”, with chants, dances and music until dawn.


Photos: courtesy of Stefano Venturini ©





Younger sister” of the far older and famous Fair of Sant’Orso, the Foire d’été, born in 1969, takes place in the streets of the Aosta centre the first Saturday in August and reintroduces the production of the traditional craftsmen of Aosta valley: wrought iron, leather, textiles, baskets, ceramics, goldsmith’s craft, but above all the wood, that, no doubt, is the protagonist of this summer fair, the very essence with which the craftsmen realize their sculptures, furnitures, engraved objects, toys, home and garden’s tools, flowers and sabots the typical wooden clogs, of the Val d’Ayas. The week before the fair, in the gardens by the railway station, takes place the event-exhibition “Sculpure live”. It lasts four days and during this time you can admire the professional sculptors of the Valley, while giving a shape to their works




Born in 1954 and initially reserved only to sculptors, the Competitive Exibition of the traditional handicraft, promoted by the autonomous Region of Aosta Valley, nowadays is comprehensive of all sectors of traditional handicraft of the Valley: the engravings, the sculpture, the turnery, the tools, the baskets, the wood decorations, the leather working, of the wrought iron and of the stone, the toys, the furniture, the traditional shoes, the ceramics, copper and glass objects and the jewellery. Every production proposes, a new theme for each category. The exhibition of all the works, along with the indications of the winners for each sections lasts about 10 days and is held in the Padiglione of Chanoux Square in Aosta, in the second half of July.



An anticipation of the more popular Sant’Orso’s Fair of the Regional Capital of Aosta, the Donnas’ Fair is held each year in the picturesque streets of the old villageon the third Sunday in January. It used to be known as the fair of the agricultural tools, it has now been turned into an important date for the whole production of the traditional handicraft, where hundreds of craftsmen from the Aosta Valley display and sell their goods on typical stalls. Wooden and olla sculptures, engraved objects, furniture, traditional wool or hemp textiles, “tombolo” laces wooden toys, agricultural tools and household goods, wrought iron copper e leather manufactures, baskets etc.
The exhibition is preceded, the night between Friday and Saturday, by the traditional Veillà and, on Saturday, by the craftsmen’s torchlight procession and by other folkloristic events.




Born in 1985 for the initiative of the Self-governing Region of the Aosta Valley, l’Institut Valdôtain de l’Artisanat de Tradition is the landmark for the study, the preservation and the commercial promotion of the traditional handicraft of the Aosta Valley. The IVAT is present in the region with seven shops (in Aosta, Ayas, Bard, Breuil-Cervinia, Cogne, Courmayeur e Gressoney-Saint-Jean) where you can see and buy the works made by the professional craftsmen of the place, the same works presented during the well-known fairs and annual exhibitions.




Opened in 2009, the Museum of the Traditional Handicraft is determined to preserve and enhance the heritage of the handicraft products and sculptures of the recent past, coming from private and public collection. The Museum, hosted in the Villa Montana in Fénis, has around 700 works that testify the evolution of the traditional handicraft of the Valley