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Reflections on knowledge transfer within traditional crafts

Journal article
Authors Gunnar Almevik
Published in Studia vernacula
Issue 7
ISSN 1736-8138
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Conservation
Language other
Keywords Traditional crafts, knowledge transfer, craft documentation
Subject categories Theory of science, Cultural Studies, Technology and culture


This article concerns knowledge transfer within traditional crafts. Setting out from documented encounters with craftspeople, enterprises and craft communities, the objective is to reveal different notions of traditional craftsmanship and how ways of thinking about crafts affect knowledge transfer. The article focuses on a few general questions derived from surveys and interviews. What is the nature of craftsmanship? What constitutes a tradition? How can this knowledge be documented and passed on in a meaningful way? Particular interest is placed on relations between amateur communities and professional trades, between crafts and the academic knowledge system, and furthermore between crafts and heritage conservation.

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