The role of higher education in sustaining culturally significant crafts in Estonia

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Abstract

Estonia got its second independence from under the Soviet rule in 1991. For a rather young nation, Estonia has progressed enormously being today a very modern country, for example in terms of technological development. Despite the pressures of the globalising processes, the Estonians have not wanted to lose their own cultural roots; various forms of crafts, and especially textiles, form an important aspect of the Estonian cultural heritage and identity. This is sustained both informally by hobby craft making and formally through educational efforts. The Department of Estonian Native Crafts of Viljandi Culture Academy (University of Tartu) is devoted to the mission of researching and making visible the Estonian craft traditions and to developing them further. This study focuses on the role of this special kind of higher education in sustaining the culturally significant designs, products and practices. The data was produced along participatory research which took place during several short periods between 2012 and 2015. To get an in-depth picture of the experiences of this form of education, the teachers and former students representing different spheres of the study programme were interviewed. The findings reveal the professional paths of these craft persons and their perspectives of the future of culturally significant crafts in Estonia.
Translated title of the contributionKorkeakoulutuksen rooli kulttuurisesti merkittävien käsitöiden tukemisessa Virossa
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Roots : Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices
EditorsStuart Walker, Martyn Evans, Tom Cassidy, Jeyon Jung, Amy Twigger Holroyd
Number of pages12
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication date8 Feb 2018
Pages231-242
ISBN (Print)978-1-4742-4179-3, 978-1-4742-4180-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4742-4181-6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

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Kokko, S. (2018). The role of higher education in sustaining culturally significant crafts in Estonia. In S. Walker, M. Evans, T. Cassidy, J. Jung, & A. Twigger Holroyd (Eds.), Design Roots: Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices (pp. 231-242). London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Kokko, Sirpa. / The role of higher education in sustaining culturally significant crafts in Estonia. Design Roots: Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices. editor / Stuart Walker ; Martyn Evans ; Tom Cassidy ; Jeyon Jung ; Amy Twigger Holroyd. London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. pp. 231-242
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Design Roots: Culturally Significant Designs, Products and Practices. ed. / Stuart Walker; Martyn Evans; Tom Cassidy; Jeyon Jung; Amy Twigger Holroyd. London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018. p. 231-242.

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