Valsesian Scapin

Valsesian Scapin

Almost definitely the scapin, also known as "scufun”, was invented by the Walsers. Only a population which had to face the difficulties of high-altitude life could design comfortable, strong and warm footwear which was also economically feasible. The fundamental raw materials were off cuts and remnants of fabric which were no longer suitable for making clothes, and very strong hemp used to make the soles.

There are two traditional crafting techniques: the first involves the use of wooden forms and exterior stitching; while the second requires no use of forms and has interior stitching. Nothing has changed in the crafting process, which is still performed completely by hand; only the materials used today are new and often valuable, with a choice of felt, velvet, alpaca, cashmere or fabrics featuring ethnic patterns.