The famous Laguiole knife is made in the mountains of the Aubrac, in Aveyron. And this département is also the birthplace of the Millau glove industry, which has maintained its prestigious place through the centuries and the vagaries of fashion.
South of Toulouse, the bastide of Revel reveals the secrets of its hand-crafted furniture workshops which export to countries as far away as the Emirates.
Not far from Cahors, in the Lot département, the Virebent factory is a big name in contemporary porcelain.
And in Ariège too there are local surprises in store: the amazing Bethmale clogs with their incredibly pointed toes, and the local horn combs, all hand-made.