Traditions: from copying to rebellion to transcendence by Gianfranco Chicco

When we think about traditional craft objects, the first image that comes to mind is that of old things, vintage looks, nostalgia and remote origin stories. However, traditions are living entities. They have to be born before they get a chance to establish themselves, they grow and evolve, and sometimes they die too.

The evolution of a tradition can take different shapes and forms, perhaps it’s the technique that subsists and gets applied to other industries, like the katana sword makers from Kyoto that over the last two centuries have pivoted to making kitchen knives as sharp as the battle tools of yore.

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