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THE WORLD IS CHANGING  – How often do we hear that? In an increasingly technologized world, traditional arts and crafts are on the verge of being forgotten. Educating people about the value of an item made by hand is crucial.

“Small scale food producers—peasants, artisanal fisherfolks, pastoralists, hunters, and gatherers—produce 70 percent of all food in the world”, says a recent report published by the U.N. Global Compact. Yet, they make the most ignored social class.

At PeasantArtCraft, we aim to encourage the small scale producers, by taking an active role in the rural community, participating in historic traditions and sharing with the world.

We are Bianca and Lucian, two curious people in love with everything handmade. It all started when I came across a traditional Romanian blouse. I was stunned by its heavy beadwork. Knowing there are people still willing to put in a lot of manual labor into an item was enough to spark my interest in the traditional arts and crafts.

We travel to remote villages looking for traditional artisans of Romania who still keep their ancient traditions alive and honour the traditional arts and crafts: loom weaving, wood carving, traditional embroidery, leather crafts.

How about you? Are you an artisan? Think your creation can be labeled as “peasant art craft”? Then we would like to hear from you! You can send us your story at peasantartcraft@gmail.com. We will only accept submissions coming from small scale producers who create for a living. To submit a story for consideration, simply email us a selection of good jpegs and/or videos, some 300 words text describing your activity and links where appropriate.

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