Artisan or craftsman is an old profession that we continue enforcing in many places worldwide, in some countries the artisanal field provides the majority of the gross domestic product of the economy, because probably the economy depends on the tourisms or there is not a lot of land for agriculture or due to other factors. In the United States the artisanal field is considered a small portion of the economy and since the competency with the products from China is very high, this area is affected considerably.
“The definition of artisan is a skilled craft worker who makes or creates things by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative, for example furniture, decorative arts, sculptures, clothing, jewelry, household items and tools or even mechanical mechanisms such as the handmade clockwork movement of a watchmaker. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist.”
Some of the major artisan countries in the world are:
Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Mexico, Tanzania, Colombia, Morocco, South Africa, and Peru.
I know more details from my country of origin, Colombia that from the other countries in the list. I can tell you that Colombia has very strong protectionism laws against imitation of the artisanal items, it is common to found Chinese imitations that are seized by the police in order to protect the national artisans.
Colombia has been famous for the goldsmithing work; the El Dorado legend is a symbol of the art of gold that have been characterized the Colombia’s land. Colombia is a country that cultivate the traditions and the artisanal production is an important symbol of the traditions.
There are many campaigns and international expositions to promote the Colombia’s artisanal products. The main goal is to have a sustainable economy around the artisanal industry.
Peru is another country with a very strong traditional culture where the artisanal products are not only a symbol, but it is also an important ruble of the economy.
“The Awamaki Women’s Cooperative Program provides business incubation and training to six rural women’s cooperatives of weavers, knitters, spinners and seamstresses. We train artisans in product development, design, quality control, business administration and leadership. We aim to graduate the cooperatives as independent small businesses capable of export-quality production. This ensures sustainable, long-term impact for the women as they connect to global markets and earn a higher income.” Photo Credit
“Awamaki works with over 100 rural women artisans, partnering them with international volunteer designers and our in-house team to produce unique, fashionable products. This collaboration helps the artisans to expand on their craft, teaching them advanced design principles and technical craft skills. With their improved products, artisans gain increased access to global markets, and a secure income to support their families and communities.” Photo Credit
Still made in USA’s projects can bring in great opportunities for the artisans in the US, in this country, this filed is getting a lot of international competition specially due to the imitation from China. It is important to give this field economical support where the community can implement more networking methods to export USA artisanal products. Tourism is a big economy activity in the US, and we should promote more the development of artisanal offerings instead of the made in China products offerings.
This nation has great opportunities to continue incentive the wood products business and the artisanal products made in American’s wood are highly appreciate worldwide. The jewelry industry is another field that is very important in the US, American origins cultivate the love for the jewelry art, and the industry still has good support in the domestic economy, however this industry that needs more global promotion, therefore the world can also recognize the US for its great artistic products associated with the artisanal jewelry.
Next time you see an artisan thing about this blog, admire the products and if you can purchase this person’s art!