Tradition vs. Modern Technology
We usually revere modern technology in the design world for its ability to help create fresh, funky and usually more affordable than handmade designs that can be accessible to lots of folks. Because the design world’s so big, handmade and hand-crafted work still has a place–and sometimes seems more revered than ever. And with the rise of Etsy and the handmade nation, revering vintage ways of creating elements seems stronger than ever, right?
Etsy sent us over a quick video about a fascinating and kind of sad phenomenon taking place in Lefkara, Cyprus. Known for their handmade lace, the art is dying out with the last generation because of the prevalance of machine-made lace (and apathy from younger generations). See the video here.
Is this just progress? Should we allow vintage handcrafts to die off? Should we avoid all machine-made items because they sometimes contribute to dying crafts? What’s your opinion?