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Wrestling with Tradition: Revitalizing the Orkney Chair and Other Culturally Significant Crafts

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/12/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Design and Culture
Issue number3
Volume9
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)283-299
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date26/09/17
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Across the world, “culturally significant” designs, products, and practices–such as traditional crafts–have been pushed to the margins by the forces of modernization and globalization. Appreciation of the positive attributes of these traditions drives widespread revitalization initiatives, often involving designers. Awareness of the cultural ramifications of design-led revitalization may deter enthusiasm for radical initiatives and instead promote preservation efforts. Yet a deconstruction of the popular understandings of tradition and origin indicates a need for change and cross-cultural contact. This article proposes that social value–central to a traditional craft’s cultural significance–should be used to guide revitalization.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Design and Culture on 26/09/2017, available online:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17547075.2017.1370310