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Appalachian Resources in Special Collections and University Archives: Craft, Home, and Arts

About Art in Appalachia

In this section, you will find resources related to crafts such as pottery and fiber arts like quilting. Photographs and prints of life in Appalachia are also included.

Traditionally, Appalachian handcrafts were inspired by the local community and created for practical purposes rather than just decoration. Most artisans didn't receive formal education, instead they learned through word of mouth or demonstration. Throughout history, crafts have reflected aspects of the community such as wealth, social standing, and ideals. This remains true in Appalachia, where traditions often vary according to region or available local materials.

This information and more can be found in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and the resources below.

Click on the book or collection title for more information about it.

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