How can traditional craftsmanship face the challenges of the modern world and survive

There are a huge number of skilled craftsmen and artisans around the world, carrying their culture and talents that have been passed down generations. However, the wisdom of age-old craftsmanship is fast getting diluted and is on the verge of extinction.  The globalization and mechanized growth all across the world have taken their toll on these highly-skilled craftsmen and women. Today, their numbers are declining fast and those that do manage to survive often run small scaled enterprises. How can traditional craftsmanship face the challenges of the modern world and survive? Craftspeople, who may be embroiderers, weavers, sculptors or everything in between are finding it very tough to survive. What they need is an appreciation of not only their craft, but also a business model that can help them earn their livelihood.

One good solution would be to encourage the leading brands all across the world to have a special section on the crafts and items created by those skilled craftsmen, and make them and their products more visible and accessible in every part of the world. Having the link between the luxury sector and the poor craftspeople will give them higher visibility as well as economic stability. Most retailers, designers, and brands still are not aware of the understanding of these skills and how invaluable they are to the industry. It is very essential to provide economic freedom to these people as well as keep the cultural wisdom of age-old craftsmanship alive.  There is a need to encourage training programs so that those valuable skills can be passed on to the next generation. The new talent should be encouraged and applied in this direction. If these steps are not taken in time, the society faces the danger of losing those precious skills, talents of varied artisans working with traditional methods and more importantly, the timeless heritage that the humanity has earned over generations.ADRIANO-MENEGHETTI-BELTS-FINAEST.COM-2

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One response to “How can traditional craftsmanship face the challenges of the modern world and survive

  1. I really liked reading about your thoughts on the importance of craftsmanship in fashion. As you touched on, we live in a time now where almost everything can be mechanically reproduced. New technologies like laser cutting and 3D printing have made amazing things possible in design but it also makes it easy for everyone to do very similar things. For that reason, I think craftsmanship will become very important for fashion brands to make something that is unique and cannot be copied or reproduced easily.

    I liked this quote:
    “There are a huge number of skilled craftsmen and artisans around the world, carrying their culture and talents that have been passed down generations.”

    I feel too, that is it is very important to keep the knowledge about craftsmanship that has been passed down in generations. Getting brands to work with the people how know these techniques sounds like a good way to keep this information both taught to others as well as documented for the next generation.

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