Farm Handcrafts in Altrei
Fam. Rita Amort
- children’s and adults’ slippers
- ladies‘ and gentlemen’s hats
- handbags and rucksacks
- travel mats
- felt jewellery
- various decorations
- made-to-measure items and repairs
Amort farm is situated in the 400-strong municipality of Altrei, the only German-speaking municipality in Fleimstal/Val di Fiemme south of Bozen. This mountain village is part of the Trudner Horn natural preserve and, with its altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level and sunny position, it is also known as the ‘balcony of South Tyrol’. About 30 sheep and lambs are kept at Amort-Hof and provide the wool which Rita Wolkan Amort, the farmer, turns into genuine works of art made of felt. The farming family also cultivates ‘Altrei Coffee’ from blue-blooming hairy lupins, a traditional local variety of lupin whose seeds may be used to produce a coffee substitute.
Rita Wolkan Amort carefully pulls out a wisp of wool fleece, which feels soft and warm to the fingertips – a particularly tactile experience. “This is part of the fascination of felt”, explains the talented farmer. She has made a small realm for herself here on the farm: ‘Rita’s Filzstübele’. The high quality preparation of the wool, playing with shapes and experimenting with colour has opened up countless creative possibilities with felt. Whether cosy slippers (‘Patschen’ in local dialect), fancy handbags or pretty hats, “Piece by piece, beautiful things can be created with felt when you put your heart into your work”, is how Frau Amort describes her great passion.
Take the Neumarkt-Auer exit from the Brenner motorway, then follow signs to ’Fleimstal/Val di Fiemme‘ and carry on until San Lugano. Shortly after San Lugano, turn right and follow the road for six kilometres to Altrei. As you enter the village, turn left towards ‘Guggal’ and follow signs for Kürbishof. The road up to Amort-Hof is just past Kürbishof.