Valsesian Puncetto

Valsesian Puncetto

No one can say who made the first Puncetto nor when it happened: the only thing that's sure is that it as an art invented by the Valsesian women who, despite the fatigue of their everyday tasks, succeeded in creating masterpieces of precision and patience.

The techniques of Puncetto have been handed down through the centuries and always involve the exclusive use of needle and thread, joining together thousands of tiny knots to create, with a series of solid blocks and empty spaces, the previous embroidery used to decorate clothes, furniture and windows. Legend says that the designs were inspired by the world around their creators, using examples such as the ice crystals that make up a snowflake. The Bottega Artigiana of Varallo and the various permanent and temporary exhibitions are opportunities to admire these simple yet sublime items. But above all, puncetto is more a representation of everyday life than something to be exhibited and every house in the valley which conserves the trousseau of a great grandmother, the curtains made by an aunt or the first efforts of a daughter who's just learning the technique, could be a small museum.