You bring up some good points, Gov Kodos. I read today where more people are dissatisfied with ill-fitting clothes off the rack, and there is a resurgence of custom clothing design. When you look at the increasing quality of factory production - for example, the cheap replication of handcrafted lace of certain European villages - those long-evolving skills threaten to die out with the older cultures. I have met many people who shrug at that.
They don't know the difference.
They don't know the difference.
That is the problem.
Not that culture "should" be preserved. But that monumental shifts have been occurring in the last few decades that are changing the global economy in ways no one fully understands. (Sorry if this offends the "smart" set).
You know this has been happening since the industrial revolution and alongside it happening people of all ages rediscover and explore old craft skills?
We no longer need those skills to clothe ourselves. Thanks to the efficiency of factories our children no longer go cold because we have no money to buy blankets and they no longer get ill because the couple items they have to wear are germ infested. They no longer have to stay home from school because we can't afford shoes for every one of them, fine made leather shoes hand crafted like all shoes used to be. That was reality not too long ago in the slums of big cities in europe and america.
And despite no longer needing beautiful lace or fine leather shoes or hand spun and woven blankets there has been a never disappearing culture of those who love to learn these old skills and recreate them. Knitting is huge now for instance, but much more specialized things such as hand tooled woodwork are also pursued.
You are wrong that no one understands. People do understand and value old skills and crafts, MANY people have devoted themselves to preserving these skills and teaching others. But people also understand that cheap mass produced goods have inestimably improved the quality of life of those without money.
There is a huge resurgence in artisanal crafts, & much of that has been fueled by the internet. On my home turf, this has expanded economic opportunity for a rural community that is, by its own admission, "3 hours from everything." Cheeses and jams and yarn and micro-brews and organic pasta sauces and maple candy and goat-milk soap--there is a growing realization in rural America that pairing old skills with contemporary marketing will save a whole bunch of tiny communities, one small business at a time.
And much of this is fueled by a growing population of do-it-yourselfers. Ravelry is the TrekBBS for fiber people, launched in 2007 and has now has 3 million members world-wide. Young people are the driving force, both in taking traditional skills and creatively adapting them, and in pushing us grannies to expand our own vision.
We are in a golden era for needlework and it is worldwide. There is *art* being made out of fiber all over the world, and the internet is facilitating and driving innovation and creativity and mad, mad, mad skills.
Of course,this is frequently overlooked by the art establishment.