Felt culture


The region of Jämsä is known for its unique felt art and handicraft traditions. In the single village of Partala alone there was once seven felt factories. But today there are still three felt factories in operation in Jämsä, Huopatehdas J.Alho, Huopaliike Lahtinen and Felt Factory in Koskenpää. Jämsä combines Central Finland’s traditional and unique felting industry with handicraft workers, sheephouses, artists from Finland and abroad, and associations closely related to the field. The area has become a significant hub for the felt industry, felt workers, felt artists and the whole field of felting. In the summer, felting is celebrated at the international felt exhibition. Go crazy about felt with a guided or independent felting tour! With a felting tour, you can learn about the felting tradition and felting process.  At the felt factory stores, you can pick up some genuine woollen felt boots and a variety of fun felt products.


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Felt stores

The area has become a major concentration of the felt industry, felters and felt artists. In summer, the felt is celebrated at the International Felt Exhibition. At one time, there were seven felt factories in the village of Partala alone, and even today there are three felt factories in Jämsä in full operation. The most famous felt factories in Finland are the J. Alho Felt Factory located in the village of Partala and the Lahtinen, which manufactures famous felt footwear. In the selection of felt shops you will also find authentic felt, beautiful interior products as well as warm wool knitwear and shawls. Take a tour of felt products and find felt treasures to take home.

Felt exhibition

Welcome to admire the splendid and delightful felt creations to Finland`s Felt Valley! The region of Jämsä is known for its unique felting tradition. Every year, the Finnish Felt Association Filtti organises the important international exhibition of felt art at the Kivipankki Art Gallery in Jämsä. The felt exhibition brings together in Jämsä the work of felt artists from all over Finland and even from abroad. The exhibitions are open for your enjoyment in July each year. Filtti has held splendid felt exhibitions at the City of Jämsä’s Felt Summer from 1999 onwards.



Shaping felt- exhibition 2023

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