Ladin traditions and historical costumes in Val Gardena
The villages in Val Gardena belong to the centre of the ancient Ladin culture, and old customs as well as the linguistic heritage are maintained to the present day by the people. The Ladin language is used in everyday life – it is an expression of the identity of an entire region. Old traditions and customs have a high right of way in the idyllic villages. The costumes in Val Gardena are among the most beautiful in the Alps and can be admired in pageants “Val Gardena in Costume”.
Traditional handicrafts: wood carving in Val Gardena
The long-established professions of wood carving look back on a long tradition in Val Gardena. Since centuries, the skills in woodworking are passed from one generation to the next. Wood carving has its origins in the long winter evenings at the end of the Middle Ages, when in the farmhouse parlours people tried to give a piece of wood a certain shape with a sharp blade. A proof of the high art of wood carving in S. Cristina is the Christmas Crib in the sports centre Iman. It is the largest nativity scene in the world with over life-size wooden figures.
Culture and art in Val Gardena
From an association of artists and artisans, in 1994 the Val Gardena sculpture exhibition and art gallery UNIKA was created. In Ortisei, you have the opportunity to admire the unique pieces of Gardena artists. Each exhibit is unique and has been hand crafted. An exciting permanent exhibition on wood carving and sculptural art awaits you at the Convention Centre of Ortisei. Under the name ART52, 52 regional artists have come together to present their works in the exhibition. The individual pieces represent a cross-section of the various forms of art of wood carving and sculptural art.