Straw crafts in the Onsernone Valley


As early as the 16th century, Onsernone Valley’s straw hats were popular products. The meticulously braided hats were highly valued and straw braids and straw hats were sold in regions as far as Northern Italy.

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In the course of industrialization, straw braiding largely vanished. Only the stately mansions and the cemetery in Loco bear witness to the prosperity and the former glory days of this trade. The association "PagliArte” has been revived and has enthusiastic members, who once again produce straw hats and other articles made from straw. At present, braiding is not carried out. In the local museum of Loco, visitors can admire an extensive exhibition of straw-based products.

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