Discover heritage & contemporary crafts
The Craft Atlas is an open access platform for global craft knowledge, techniques & makers. Discover different ways of making by browsing the map & our collections.
A Digital Atlas of Crafts
The Craft Atlas is a map to the curious and the common.
We collect and disseminate resources, knowledge and visual communications. We connect people for trade, production and creative collaborations, craft-based supply chains and artistic intercultural exchange – for more cultural appreciation and less appropriation.
Craft reflects our connections.
It weaves a thread of community, memory and creative expression through our human experience, along trade routes, across continents, in small villages and big cities. Embroidery patterns, weaving techniques, symbols – among all uniqueness set by human hand, recurring patterns can be found in craft products throughout the world.
The global artisan economy employs millions.
The handicraft sector is the 2nd largest employer in the developing world, with a majority of women artisans. It is a driver for entrepreneurship and trade on the one hand, for artistic expression and intangible cultural heritage on the other. Handicraft has an impact – on livelihoods, on everyday life and on the shaping of culture.
Latest Craft techniques, dyes & materials
The 2020 edition of the Biennale of Western Balkans seeks to uplift intangible heritage and empower communities of practice, by documenting cultural knowledge in open, ethical and participatory ways. The Craft Atlas founder Cecilia Palmér is a participant researcher of the current Biennale of Western Balkans programme Art Pluriverse, working together with Progressive Union of Xanthi […]Continue reading
Anuprerna is an artisanal textile trading company in West Bengal, working closely with nearly 300 artisans to produce handloom textiles in indigenous weaving techniques and materials of the region. This includes fine muslin Khadi and Jamdani in different varieties of wild and cultivated silks and cotton.Continue reading