The skills handed down through generations yet hand-sewing, weaving and stitching are in danger of becoming “lost” crafts according to top fashion designers.
Tailoring is in danger of “becoming extinct” despite soaring demand for made-to-measure products. Tailors and apprentices hardly exist today and we have to get the next generation involved.
For example Scotland’s textile industry boasts an enviable client list, which includes Hermés, Gucci and Ralph Lauren. Harris Tweed, the only fabric in the world governed by its own Act of Parliament, celebrated its centenary year in 2011.
The cloth is woven only in the Outer Hebrides by crofters, using centuries-old methods. Scottish cashmere, perfected over 300 years, is supplied to some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses, including Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Burberry.
There are some industrialized countries that grant significance importance to craft due to there culture as for example Italy, 24% of national enterprises belong to the crafts sector.
But mainly it is still seen that handcrafts are more used in developing countries as a way of poverty eradication.
The Unesco launched a program for Women and Children for Handicraft and Employment, for poverty erradication, and brought important facts out about a part of the culture of a nation or ethnic group that represent a key component of socio-economic life.
"Artisanal products are those produced by artisans, either completely by hand, or with the help of hand tools or even mechanical means, as long as the direct manual contribution of the artisan remains the most substantial component of the finished product. These are produced without restriction in terms of quantity and using raw materials from sustainable resources. The special nature of artisanal products derives from their distinctive features, which can be utilitarian, aesthetic, artistic, creative, culturally attached, decorative, functional, traditional, religiously and socially symbolic and significant."