The over 170 year old history of the Hand Weaving Studio in the Haslital is full of individuals who, due to their impoverished lives and using their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, created
uniquely «Hasli» textiles.
All this began with the weaving of silk in the mid 1800’s. Nearly 300 looms were set up in the Haslital at that time.The introduction of industrial machinery brought an abrupt end to the hand
woven silk work being done in the Haslital, however the art of weaving traditional Hasli cloth remained – despite the economic hardships of the time. For many alpine farmers and their families,
the income from weaving done in the winter months was a financial necessity.
Swiss painter Paul Wyss, who holidayed in the Gadmen Valley in 1912, admired the beauty of the colourful patterns and was able to encourage many friends in Bern to support the weavers. In 1913
the Hand Weaving Studio Oberhasli was founded and in 1930 they began working with the newly founded Swiss Heimatwerk, a cooperation that still exists today.
Customer needs and styles have changed over the years, but the treasured, hand-woven cloth is still the same... just brought up-to-date for today’s requirements.
Today there are still a great number of admirers of this wonderful, unique cultural treasure who are passionate about retaining this traditional Haslital handicraft.