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The Influence of Women in Arts and Crafts around the World

Sep 1, 2008
The power of creativity is only possible through arts and crafts, as well as popular traditions. While men might have started the Arts and Crafts Movement, women are the backbone of the entire process.

Through the use of popular crafts and art forms, we have been able to have a look into the past and how various cultures were able to represent their own traditions. Arts and crafts are present everywhere, from the Americas, to the Pacific.

Each nation has its own form of crafts or art. India is well known for their wide range of cultural displays. European art started to show the impact of the growing culture in the nineteenth century, and it also showed a decrease in the romanticism aspects.

Machines were invented instead of hands having to make various art forms. In our world today, no matter where you live, it is hard to imagine living without machines, without metal, or technology.

Even though technology has highly evolved from recent years, the term, craft, is still referred to as activities that involve some sort of skill, or a dedication to a specific object and tradition.

Even though each culture in the world has a different idea of tradition, they still remain true to the idea of craft.

Women's rights around the world are also an important factor of their craft skill. When women live in countries with very little input about the workplace and they are to stay in the home, they often have a more traditional skill for crafts or art.

They only know the skill that their own mothers or grandmothers taught them for married life. The only problem is that when these women are silent wives, with the bread winning husband, they are not recognized for their wonderful talents, and instead it is thought of as their household duty.

In countries where women are thought to be equal, their craft skill is more appreciated and they are able to show their talents in the work force. The sad truth is that the issue of women only being in the home affects more countries than few.

For example, in most of south East Asia, the primary role of the woman is to mend the flock and take care of the home.

Most of their daily activities involve the crafts that so many of the women before them knew, but their activities are not granted with pay or recognition due to the fact that the man believes that it is her duty to him.

In India, the role for the woman is slightly more advanced. The area is less traditional in the means that the woman should stay home and tend to the house.

However, the woman is usually thought to still take part in traditional crafts, such as making saris or clothing wraps. America is very much the same.

While women do not have to wear special wraps to show their place in society or make traditional garments, they still practice basic crafts each day in the home. America is thought to be the best place for equality for women, but many people still assume that a woman's place is in the home.

Many women are embracing this idea and staying home, while others choose to show their skills in the work place.
About the Author
Rod Dagan provides resources and information about native and aboriginal art around the world.
Find out more about how women have contributed to Native Art at http://www.NativeArt-World.com
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