Moving from Unesco’s definition of traditional craftsmanship as “the most tangible manifestation of intangible cultural heritage,” the conference explores craftsmanship and heritage, using fashion to reflect on human and environmental sustainability.

On 10 December 2021, will take place EFHA International Symposium, titled Crafting Heritage. Organised in collaboration with DIDA – Università degli studi Firenze and Museo del Tessuto di Prato, the online symposium will explore how fashion and its products – textiles, accessories and clothes – can inform a better understanding of the relationship between craftsmanship and heritage.


Crafts are an invisible thread that connects groups of people into communities who share the same knowledge, skills and traditions. The richness of European crafts is documented in the collections of hand-made objects such as jewellery, textiles and garments that carry distinct features of particular traditions and tastes as well as techniques and imagination unique to the artisans who made them. More recently, craftsmanship can also be seen in the use of analogue media technologies to produce sound and video recordings. Intangible knowledge, skills, techniques and traditions are just as important for the craftsmanship’s renewal in contemporary practices.

Divided in three main areas – RestoringReactivatingResisting – the conference will present first-hand experiences in researching and developing techniques to preserve fashion objects and the knowledge they bear in their materiality; special projects in which fashion houses and local craft workshops collaborated; craft as resistance and “language” of activism, to fight social inequalities and imagine a better future, preserving and updating – mainly through digital technologies – past making processes.

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**The symposium fits within the framework of the project CRAFTED.

**The symposium considers fashion as starting point to reflect on human and environmental sustainability, abiding by the agenda of NEB – New European Bauhaus, of which EFHA is official partner.

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