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Craft, Crochet and Heritage

Chapter in book
Authors Anneli Palmsköld
Published in Crafting Cultural Heritage
Pages 13-29
ISBN 978-91-981406-3-7
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Conservation
Pages 13-29
Language en
Keywords craft, cultural heritage, heritagization of Crafts, crochet, lace making, the Swedish Home Craft Movement
Subject categories Ethnology


What is heritage and what is (and has been) considered as intangible heritage? With the craft technique crocheting as a starting point of view, questions concerning hierarchical structures in the cultural heritage field are discussed. The examples chosen are related to a Swedish late 19th Century context and the aesthetically ongoing debate concerning craft, industrial production and taste. Crocheting was in this discourse seen as something unmoral, only performed by maids and women of the lower classes. Approves techniques were hand weaving, peasant embroidering and some lacemaking techniques that were described as authentic, Swedish and beautiful. This chapter deals with questions concerning the effects of this debate when it comes to choices made in the cultural heritage field.

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