Making Culture

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

Videos

Watch and learn about the history of crafts

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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
Exhibition
Flora

find the floral patterns in crafty motifs

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

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

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The Sea

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

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Silk and Wool

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

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Blogs and exhibitions

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Master Basketweaver Nico Solimano

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.
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Brankica Zilovic

In conversation with contemporary artist and professor Brankica Zilovic

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Intricate Intrigue

The craft of jewellery-making in Byzantium

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How to make an Easter egg

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

A tray with 19 colourful embroidered buttons
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Women crafting freedom

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.
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Lace, a labour of love

Follow the evolution of lace craft, from myth to machine

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Traditional beer brewing

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
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Porcelain and Pottery

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
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Chinese export paintings

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

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Fàbrica Gròber: industrial landmark

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

Galleries

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Easter eggs

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

Endangered Crafts

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

a red and white towel, folded in half
Ukrainian ceremonial towels

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
Saved Bells

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

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The art of Bobbin 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.
Needle Lace

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.
Bookbinding

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

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Stained glass

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

Beekeeping

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

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Textile industry

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

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Textiles in the pre-Columbian Peru

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

From the workshop to the field

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