Southern Appalachian Digital Collections

  • Canning and preserving (1)
  • Indian Removal, 1813-1903 (2)
  • School integration -- Southern States (1)
  • African Americans (0)
  • Agriculture -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • Appalachian dance (0)
  • Appalachian music (0)
  • Appalachian Region, Southern -- Maps (0)
  • Appalachian Trail (0)
  • Architecture (0)
  • Artisans -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Arts and crafts movement -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Basket making -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Cherokee art -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Cherokee artists -- North Carolina (0)
  • Cherokee language (0)
  • Cherokee pottery -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Cherokee women -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Church buildings (0)
  • Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.) (0)
  • College student newspapers and periodicals -- North Carolina -- Cullowhee (0)
  • Dance -- Appalachian Region (0)
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- Southern States (0)
  • Education -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • Floods -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Forest conservation (0)
  • Forests and forestry (0)
  • Gay community -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • Gender nonconformity (0)
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (N.C. and Tenn.) (0)
  • Handicraft -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Historic buildings -- North Carolina (0)
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  • Logging (0)
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  • Mines and mineral resources (0)
  • North Carolina -- Maps (0)
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  • Paper industry (0)
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  • Pottery (0)
  • Railroad trains (0)
  • Rural electrification -- North Carolina, Western (0)
  • Segregation -- Southern States (0)
  • Slavery (0)
  • Sports (0)
  • Storytelling (0)
  • Tennessee -- Maps (0)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (0)
  • Tourism -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Waterfalls -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Weaving -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • Wood-carving -- Appalachian Region, Southern (0)
  • World War, 1914-1918 (0)
  • World War, 1939-1945 (0)

Western Carolina University

Craft Revival


During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mountain craftsmen formed the cornerstone of a revived interest in things handmade to create a movement known as the Craft Revival. During the Revival, North Carolina makers shaped clay, in turn shaping the attitudes and values that contribute to today’s appreciation of the handmade object. Makers wove cotton, linen, and wool, weaving a sense of community that contributes to a strong sense of place. Craftsmen hammered metal, forging partnerships to effect change. Artisans worked with wood, building a regional economy based on individual talent and entrepreneurship. Craft Revival activities emphasized quality, individuality, and workmanship. These values remain evident in a 21st-century region that is both dynamic and progressive. Although craftsmen left few written records, their stories survive in samples of their work, accounts of their sales, and newspaper clippings celebrating their talents.