Craft Production and Technology

Authored by: Anna Stevens , Mark Eccleston

The Egyptian World

Print publication date:  September  2007
Online publication date:  May  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415427265
eBook ISBN: 9780203820933
Adobe ISBN: 9781136753770

10.4324/9780203820933.ch11

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Abstract

For much of the developed world’s population today, craft production suggests a niche activity: small-scale manufacture largely divorced from industry and technological change, often directed towards the creation of luxury items. But in the pre-industrial world, and indeed in large parts of the world today, craft production can be better considered as simply the ability to work materials to shape a manufactured world. It can be viewed as a broad spectrum of activity: the manufacture of rope, the moulding of faience jewellery, the sculpting of stone blocks. While a sense of ‘craftsmanship’ and points of the spectrum directed towards the non-mundane are readily recognizable, so too elements of the practical and everyday are pervasive.

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