Southern Craft: A Revival in the Mountains

At the end of the nineteenth century, mountain craftsmen formed the cornerstone of a revived interest in things handmade. Ideas concerning the value of work inspired a craft revival that flourished well into the twentieth century. At issue were varied interpretations of cultural traditions, implications for regional identities, methods of promotion and education, and the aesthetics of traditional objects. In the mountain South, shared ideas concerning quality and resourcefulness contributed to an unintentional community of patrons and makers. Movement leaders organized guilds and exhibitions and makers created work that was displayed and sold. Makers shaped clay and wood, in turn shaping the attitudes and values that contribute to today’s appreciation of the handmade object. Makers wove multiple strands of thread, weaving a sense of community and strong sense of place. Craftsmen hammered metal, forging partnerships to effect change and values that remain evident in a 21st century region that is both dynamic and progressive.

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