Where Beauty Is Made.
The Tessanda Hand Weaving
Playful cats would have a blast with this! The wool that’s being processed in the Tessanda does not originate from Val Müstair, even though an impressive herd of sheep is kept there. «The wool from our local mountain sheep is way too course», explains one of the employees. The dying also has to be left to special service, due to economical reasons.
It rattles and creaks. This is the song of the weaving looms in the Tessanda. They are often 100 years old or even older and were made by carpenters in the valley back in the day. The wooden apparatuses are artisanal gems with their own names. They are called «Nepomuk», the «Keeper of silence» or «Mammoth» – the largest weaving loom in the factory.
The «Schiffli» races through the «Zettel». In the hand-weaving factory in Santa Maria, only yarns made of pure natural fibres are being used. This creates the former cloth that we now call fabric. Not only wool or linen are being processed. Fine silk threads are being manufacture into elegant accessories on the weaving loom.
A painting just like Albert Ankers. A young maid from the «Kingdom of spindles» in Val Müstair. Respectfully, she handles the precious product of nature. In the Tessanda, they also manufacture carpets. They are woven on the Mammoth, and leave the house with a name. The more rustic versions are called Armon and Men, the more delicate ones Seraina and Annamengia. Annamengia is also the name of one of the apprentices. She will carry her knowledge into the future, in order to keep this art alive.
The oldest testament of the hand weaving business in the valley is from around the year 800. Back then, the monastery Müstair was being built, which is a part of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. A fresco painter was employed in the monastery church. He did not just leave his fingerprints in the soft painting plaster, but also the textile pattern of his hand woven sleeve! Today you can find these textile patterns «made in the 21st century» in the in-house store of the Tessanda on a ton of household- and gift items.