Making Culture

Artisans and crafters have been #craftingheritage by shaping and remaking culture through the ages, passing down legacies of skill, knowledge and manufacture.


Watch and learn about the history of crafts

a person pulling a piece of fabric off of a roller in a velvet factory

Watch videos exploring textile in Prato, where craft meets tradition, modernity and passion

Making is thinking, and craft is the result of the collaboration of hands and minds to produce beautiful objects.

How can machines help create a future for craft?

Minds, hearts and hands enriching the future of fashion

Watch the video about honouring tradition and imagining the future of craft

a man in front of an audio switchboard

Listen to Martin Schuurmans, a volunteer at Sound & Vision, talking about the fascinating work of radio engineers.

a man shows old tape cassettes while sitting in front of a radio mixing table

Learn how disc jockeys made radio shows in the eighties

thumbnail early radios

How radios went from handcrafted machines to mass-marketed products in every home

Nature Crafting Fashion

Explore the relationship between fashion, nature and craft

Table covers with floral patterns. In the centre a round portrait with a woman sitting, on her lap a basket with flowers

find the floral patterns in crafty motifs

knitted jumper in blues, greys and whites, with a large cat's head motif on the front

animals and creatures have long excited the creativity of pattern designers and weavers


The ocean also proved to be a place of treasures for designers and craftspeople.


Nature supplies the raw materials to create accessories and clothes that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

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Symbol of patriarchy, or totem of female creativity?

an arm is outstretched towards the sky with a closed fist, holding an explosion of blown glass streaked with red. The glass spiders out and clutches several stones in an array around the fist.

Julie Legrand's glass craft

a photograph of a wooden bas-relief on a wall of an old Cuban woman with a cigar in her mouth, wearing a head scarf and a colourful collared shirt.

An interview with Maïté Mazel


On air and on the move: radio stories


A chat with the basket maker Nicola Solimano

Brankica Zilovic is wearing sneakers, black socks, wide white pants and a teal sweater and lounges casually in a chair. Behind her on the wall is an artwork made by her made up of multicoloured threads woven together into patterns.

In conversation with contemporary artist and professor Brankica Zilovic


The craft of jewellery-making in Byzantium


Learn about the history of easter eggs and different techniques to make your own

A tray with 19 colourful embroidered buttons

The Antonia Suardi collection showcases the creative independence and activism of embroidery.

a painting of a woman wearing a white bonnet sitting next to a window, a large lace pin cushion in front of her.

Follow the evolution of lace craft, from myth to machine


With today’s craft beer movement, the origins of beer culture come more and more to the fore.

Scallop-shaped covered bowl with a leaf-shaped stand with dragon in a bright aquamarine colour

Even the simplest object often conveys a long and interesting history: that can be said of china or porcelain pottery.

crop of a painting showing three Chinese figures, two are in dark blue clothing, a woman (in the middle) wears pink and green clothing

Produced by Chinese craftsmen, these paintings were souvenirs that symbolised global trade


The Fàbrica Gròber textile factory is a landmark of Girona history even today, 40 years after its closure.



Across Europe, Easter is celebrated with Easter eggs, decorated in a variety of ways and techniques.

Industrialization has led to many crafts only being remembered in heritage studies

a red and white towel, folded in half

White linen towels embroidered with red thread were of special importance to the Ukrainians

a large church bell with intricate carvings sits on a white background

In the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, there is a collection of 40 church bells saved in WWI from being melted down.

a strip of lace

Tools and hands work together to braid and twist lengths of threads and create complex and beautiful motifs

a piece of needle lace in an oval shape showing a woman in long dress holding a parrot on her hand.

Skilled hands can create graceful designs using just one thread. A remarkable technique admired over centuries

a black and white photograph of a man sitting behind a loom-like device that has multiple threads coming down into the spine of a book. The man is in the process of threading a new page through the threads to add to the book.

Whether it's for letterpress binding or stationery binding, bookbinding is a fascinating process.


Explore the beauty of stained glass, a centuries-old art form

A video gallery depicting beekeeping and beekeepers from throughout the 20th Century


From cotton and linen, weaving and spinning, the textile industry has employed people across Europe for centuries.


Textiles were naturally used for clothing and decoration but were, above all, a valuable commodity.

In this video gallery, craftsmen and -women from Germany and Central Europe show their outstanding skills.