a country where the originality of crafts is going into extinction, it is
imperative to ask some questions and look back on how the values of our culture
are being abandoned. However, looking at years back which I’m sure the children
born in the 90s will attest to; that local craft was a thing of pride. Basket
weaving, knitting, paper craft, woodworks, beadworks and lots more were things
of pride and joy then. But the question we ask ourselves now is whether local
crafts have really been driven into exile in our nation.
remember vividly how we use to mould objects out of clay, build houses with mud,
make creative boats and airplanes from papers, mats and hats from straws, weave
baskets and knit sweaters. It was such a beautiful time with lots of fun and
experiences. This knowledge later helped some of us grow up to be lovers of
crafts and arts thus making a living from them.
it seems that with the advent of social media, internet and modernization;
local crafts have been relegated to backwardness thus giving crafts to only the
old and local people. In this present dispensation, local craft has been pushed
to the last position which I say is a thing of shame.
,to those wondering what this whole article is about and do not understand what
I mean by local crafts, exactly the younger generation, I will briefly explain
what craft means and how important it is.
to Wikipedia; A craft is a profession that requires particular skills and
knowledge of skilled work. While Merriam-Webster dictionary defines craft as an
occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or artistic skill. There are
three aspects to human creativity and they include arts, crafts and science.
But it seems majority of people in this century have gone with arts and science
and left crafts to suffer the loneliness and pains of relegation and
Handicraft according to Wikipedia is the traditional main sector of crafts. It
is the type of work where useful and decorative devices are made completely by
hand or by using only simple tools. The term crafts as further explained is
often used to describe the family of artistic practices within the of family
decorative arts that traditionally are defined by their relationship to
functional or utilitarian products or by their use of such natural media as
wood, clay, ceramics, glass, textiles and metal.
are various types of crafts and they include: ceramics and glass, fiber and
textile, leatherworks, paper crafts, wood and furniture crafts, etc. Also,
there are a lot of beautiful ways to express yourself as a craftsman. The joy
of being creative and using the things around you to bring your expression into
life makes you feel like a mini-god. The proximity of the natural resources or
raw materials to help create various aspects of crafts makes the whole craft
idea very interesting, the raw materials are everywhere around us and with our skills;
we can use these simple materials to make mind blowing works. For example from
our everyday textile, we can make tie and dye, crocheting, appliqués etc. You
can also make different objects from clay which leads us to pottery; beautiful
house wares like flower vase, jugs and even pots can be made from clay. You get
other beautiful materials from wood works, metal works, glass, fine stones,
beads and paper crafts.
do you remember how beautiful greeting cards used to be many years back? A
birthday celebration without birthday cards is just incomplete. There was this
joy, happiness and fulfillment that came with greeting cards then and you pride
yourself as a celebrant in how many birthday cards you received. That is a
beautiful example of paper crafts, an aspect of crafts that is gradually going
into extinction. It is not all about internet surfing or white collar jobs
alone, it is about bring our creative values back into existence.
Finally there is need for us to go back to the basics and remember how important local crafts are to us and our nation, to encourage, sponsor and increase the values of crafts in the face of the whole world. Let us teach and show our children the beauty of crafts and how important it is to them and the generation unborn. Let us bring back CRAFTS which is the forgotten one.