Valtellina’s traditional clothes are still lovingly preserved in folk memory.
Just like usual in the majority of alpine areas the valley’s everyday cloche were simple, comfortable, made with humble and strong fabrics.
Men would wear a large blouse and a cloth waistcoat, under-the-knee pants, heavy wool stockings and wooden clogs.
Women wore a bustier and a shawl on top of their blouse; the tips of the shawl were inserted in the belt. Skirts were long and covered with an apron to protect them during everyday activities.
At their feet also the unavoidable wooden clogs, comfortable to walk in fields and stables.
Generally the clothes were made with grey, black of brown fabrics while the shawls could be more colorful.
During holidays the garments became richer. The difference more evident in the finer fibers used, the colorful shawls and the step up from clogs to leather shoes.
In every area of the valley the clothing differed in small details and were passed on from generation to generation.
The outfit was completed with small typical earring made in the shape of a thin semicircle closed by another thicker semicircle underneath there was a circle with a hole in the center. The earring also varied slightly from one region to another according to area of production.
In the township of Grosio people are still very tradition-bound and almost every family keeps a traditional costume in a truck, along with the accessories, to show off during religious ceremonies and town fairs.
The male outfit is characterized by a red waistcoat on black pants with laces and green pom poms with a Venetian sash.
The female outfit includes a white laced petticoat, a damask jacket with wide sleeves, golden buttons and a velvet colorful shawl; the bottom half consists of a long black skirt, wide and pleated, covered by a silk apron.
The finishing touch is a wide-brimmed hat adorned with feathers and a necklace made with hard stones decorated with a crucifix in addition to the traditional earrings.
These outfits, more elaborate than those of the other locations in the valleys, have been enhanced during the sixteenth century.
In that period, as a result of a strong outbreak of plague, many Grosini went to work in the Venetian shipyards and upon their return brought Arab and Armenian women who modified and adapted the clothes to their tastes, partly Venetian and partly oriental, making them the wealthiest clothes of all the Lombard tradition.