Craft as cultural ecologically located practice: Comparative case studies of textile crafts in Cyprus, Estonia and Peru

Patrick Dillon, Sirpa Kokko

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This paper reports comparative case studies in three countries, Estonia, Cyprus and Peru, through which the cultural ecologies of six textile craft practitioners, two in each country, were investigated using interview-based situational analysis. Cultural ecology is concerned with transactional relationships between people and the environments they inhabit. It provides a lens on the processes of continuity and change that shape cultural patterns and cultural traditions. Interviews were conducted in open format around biographical and professional practice questions. Relationships between practitioners’ personal histories and their craft practices were explored. Outcomes suggest that the cultural ecologies are profoundly shaped by the transmission of customs, beliefs and values from generation to generation which, in turn, are located within a place of social interaction conferring a sense of belonging and an environment for the formation of social identities. These attachments powerfully influence continuity in the craft traditions. The interrelated processes of globalisation and technological development are the dominant agents of change. Responses to these pressures vary with the practitioners in the three countries and are linked to factors associated with cultural resilience.
Translated title of the contributionKäsityö kulttuuriekologisena käytäntönä. Vertaileva tapaustutkimus tekstiilikäsitöistä Kyproksessa, Virossa ja Perussa
Original languageEnglish
JournalCraft Research
Volume8
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)193-222
Number of pages30
ISSN2040-4689
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6132 Visual arts and design
  • Craft practice
  • cultural ecology
  • textile traditions
  • case studies
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Peru
  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 5143 Social anthropology

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In: Craft Research, Vol. 8, No. 2, 10.2017, p. 193-222.

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