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Connecting the Dots : The Journey of Handicrafts

Updated: Dec 25, 2021

To understand this egg & chicken dilemma , we went deep to understand whether designing developed because of crafts or crafts crafts opens the door to designing. Of all the characteristics Sapience adhere to , the wearing of clothing is exclusively a human characteristic and is a feature of most human societies.


The study that deals in making a piece of fabric, clothing, jewelry, a product, which now is termed as Textile Designing, Fashion Designing, Jewelry Designing & product designing respectively, has been long associated with since around 3,000 BC were several forms of arts and crafts originated, which can be found in museums today. Visual arts, woodcraft, and pottery have been associated with the study because a lot of products like textile, stone, metal, painting, pottery, and wood saw a significant rise in evolution during the Vedic Ages. What made them more special were the specially crafted designs on and with different materials, all handmade with skillful labor involved in the process.



The 130,000-year-old Neanderthal "jewellery" made out of white-tailed eagle talons found in Croatia


The white-tailed eagle talons were hewn in 130,000BC, at least 30,000 years before the earliest ornaments known to have been made by Homo sapiens, and suggest that the Neanderthals had more class than was previously thought.


Leather, animal skins, and hides that have been treated with chemicals to preserve them and fashioned into any of a multitude of products including shoes and boots, outer apparel, belts, upholstery materials, suede products, saddles, gloves, luggage and purses, and recreational equipment as well as such industrial items as buffing wheels and machine belts. Beginning with simple drying and curing techniques, the process of vegetable tanning was developed by the Egyptians and Hebrews about 400 BCE.


The weather being a constraint, usage of vegetation and animal hides were used initially, modern humans probably started wearing clothes regularly to keep warm when they were first exposed to Ice Age conditions Sewing needles have been dated to at least 50,000 years ago. The earliest dyed flax fibers have been found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia and date back to 36,000. The Historian Richard Rutt conservatively suggests that knitting originated in Egypt between 500 and 1200 A.D.




The first figurines are said to be made some 25,000 years back in the "Venus of Lespugue". Some figurines were adorned with basket hats or caps, belts were worn at the waist, and a strap of cloth was wrapped around the body. Wool felt is one of the oldest known textiles. While the raw material has always been there, the discoveries were gradual.



Pottery, arguably the oldest craft technique of all time, is said to have originated before the Neolithic period & ceramic vessels date back to 18,000 BC. Embroidery has gained popularity in the past ten years because of the internet and social media," says Lucy Barter of the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, but the earliest examples of the craft technique date back to the Warring States period in China, between the 5th and 3rd centuries BC.


According to the Crochet Guild of America, crochet's place of origin can be traced to 16th century France and England and parts of Arabia and South America during the same period around the 16th century.


Ancient Egyptians were master glass bead makers; Romans traded beautiful beads throughout the vast Roman empire; and in the Americas, Native Americans considered beadwork, including bead quilling, to be sacred..The simplest and earliest American Indian beadwork may have been a string made from bone, shell, or seeds. Glassblowing was perhaps invented in the 1st century BC, while in the third millennium BCE, ancient Egyptians began crafting cobalt-blue beads using a method comparable to core forming.


Shortly after the emergence of bead-making in Egypt, artisans in Mesopotamia began crafting mosaicsassemblages comprising tessera (small fragments of glass, stone, or other organic materials.


Connecting the dots, we came across some thought-provoking facts. The things that we wear and accessorize today are not a new man's discovery. The discoveries of some of the oldest crafts & products famous today have been there for thousands of years with mankind. Crafts proudly carve beautifully the evolution of mankind. With the development of various tools, techniques, and with time various kinds of craft that are crafted by hand & thanks to the industrial age, faster to satisfy the demand of the increasing population. But what makes it more interesting is that, so many of these art and crafts have been passed on to generations & have been preserved safely.

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