The Importance of Craft Culture

  • Arjo KlamerEmail author


When we apply the value-based approach to make sense of the crafts, we focus on the values and qualities of craftsmanship and crafts. Craftspeople valorize what is important to them, and so do consumers who turn out to be participants in the practice of craft. They all operate in a craft culture. We see that that culture is stronger in countries like Japan, Italy and Germany than in most other countries. Conventional governmental policies fall short for an improvement of craft culture. Social changes are needed to realize a cultural change.


Craft culture Cultural economics Value-based approach Craftsmanship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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