History of the Tzam’Artisans
Tzam’Artisans was created in l’Etivaz, a hamlet of Château-d’Oex, in 1993. In local dialect, the word “Tzam” means chamois but it is also the name used to designate the inhabitants of l’Etivaz. The first shop ran for six years before migrating towards the lower part of the valley in Château-d’Oex.
Until 2005, Tzam’Artisans operated from the grange of “The Chalet” in Château-d’Oex, a small cheese-making operation and restaurant. In The Chalet, four Christmas markets were organized from 2001 to 2004. These Christmas markets were so successful that in 2006 they had to be moved to a larger place in the hotel-lodge “Roc et Neige.”
That started a two-year period of wandering, during which the Pays-d’Enhaut craftsmen exhibited in local and regional markets. Finally, in December 2007, a wonderful Christmas market was put together in Rossinière (the village of the “Pétolets”, a nickname for its inhabitants), with the enthusiastic support of the local population.
Being “homeless” without a fixed base could not continue as such and the Tzam’Artisans deeply wanted to bring all their work under one single roof. Locating a new place was eventually successful and they found a place in “Le Petit-Pré”, an area in Château-d’Oex where the shop now exists.
Owing to the size and importance of the Christmas markets, a larger place than the shop in Le Petit-Pré was needed, and, once again, the 7th edition of the market was hosted by the village of Rossinière in 2011. That market was a fantastic success beyond expectations, as the entire village was decorated and illuminated by the Tzam’Artisans, bringing together over 70 artists from here and there! The market was spread throughout the village in different barns, cellars, boutiques and vaulted rooms in ancient chalets. That was a unique opportunity for visitors to stroll through the village and discover the lifestyle of the Pétolets as well.