Guest Blog- Preservation of Traditional Craft
Freelance writer and researcher Jacqueline Coles, wanted to share with our readers the benefits of learning to sew and generally becoming more involved in reviving traditional crafts. Jacqueline introduced herself to us by saying..
“Bringing back traditions such as sewing is incredibly important. We often, in the fast paced world we live in, lose sight of the world around us, and a lot of these important skills become lost in a life that is increasingly technology obsessed!”
That struck a chord with us and the ethos behind our workshops and kits. We hope you enjoy reading our guest blog and the useful links provided.
The best way to help preserve traditional crafts is to learn them
Preserving traditional crafts and skills is not just the job of museums and historians. It is an important task that falls to all members of society. With the rise of digital technology has come a divorce between human intellect and memory and certain forms of knowledge. People assume that electronic databases will retain important information, and they don’t bother learning it.
The result is a rapid decline in people’s decision to remember and learn specific things, including traditional skills and crafts. Practical skills like sewing, quilting, bookbinding and weaving have become less popular in the rise of consumer and technology culture. By embracing one or more traditional crafts or skills, you not only enrich your own life but also preserve that knowledge for future generations.
Your passion for crafts and traditional skills is contagious
When you learn how to perform a skill, it is natural to develop and improve those skills over time. Once you achieve a certain level of ability, it is natural to share the products of that with other people. Whether you attend craft shows to sell the items you produce or choose to host a social club, when other people see what you are making and how excited you are about your traditional skills or crafts, you inspire them to take up similar hobbies.
In a world where everyone looks at screens, actually making things with your hands is profound and exciting. Manual crafting carries a range of benefits, from the satisfaction that comes from making something yourself to improved manual dexterity and decreased risk for dementia. Sharing your passion with others can have a powerful, positive impact on your community.
Make sure you carefully preserve heirloom goods and crafts
Simply learning a craft is not the only step you should take to preserve traditional skills and knowledge. You should also do your best to preserve both existing heirloom items you possess and heirloom quality crafts you create. Storing fabric or fibre and paper for long periods of time requires planning, as well as investment in high-quality materials. Archival-quality paper and ink, stronger, insect-resistant thread and fibres, and other materials can help produce crafts with greater longevity. Using a sewing or embroidery machine can also ensure that your creation can withstand the test of time.
Whether you want to learn a craft yourself or have some incredible heirloom crafted items in your possession, you can preserve that knowledge and beauty for future generations. Part of that process may involve creating a digital record of the items or the process of acquiring your skills. By preserving both knowledge and physical items related to traditional crafts, we protect humanity’s heritage for a bright future.