HandiCraft s are as old as humanity.
Although at first it had utilitarian ends,
today it looks for the production of aesthetically pleasing objects in a world dominated by mechanization and uniformity.
Among the oldest artisan techniques are basketry,
weaving, wood work and ceramics…
Almost all the artisan techniques that are practiced today are hundreds or thousands of years old.
Crafts formed the basis of the urban economy in Europe until the Industrial Revolution,in the 19th century.
However, the craftsmen practically disappeared with the birth of mass production.
As a reaction to the effects of industrialization,
the Arts Crafts movement was created in England at the end of the 19th century,
led by the designer and social reformer William Morris.
The great interest that craftsmanship arouses today in the Western world has its origin in a great extent in this movement.
In many parts of the world,
craftsmanship continues to be practiced as it was centuries ago.
Such is the case of Chinese basketry,
Indonesian batik and Spanish bobbin lace.
In the south of the Appalachians, in the United States,
basketry and weavings are made today with the same techniques used by the original inhabitants of this region.
The great majority of the countries of Latin America are great artisan creators.
This is explained by the high rates of unemployment produced,
in many cases, by the exodus of the rural population to large cities.
The variety of products is practically unabated,
although in broad strokes can be summarized in:
Textiles: fabrics with waist looms and wooden looms, embroidery,
garments, sweaters (sweaters), blankets, ponchos, hats.
Leather goods: footwear, handbags, belts, wallets, purses.
Metal: silver, copper, lead, tin, pewter Glass.
Plastic. Ceramics. Wood. Jewelry Gastronomy.
Ethnological museums In the ethnological museums of the whole world
there are examples of indigenous crafts to document the development of the different cultures;
archaeological museums also include in their collections samples of popular craftsmanship to illustrate the contrast with formal art.
Likewise, museums of arts and popular traditions have been created in order to preserve these samples.