Made in Slovenia – Narratives of Crafts and Design is a documentary created within the Platforma, a cultural and artistic program of RTV Slovenia, which takes viewers through the starting points of the international project MADE IN, which also includes the Museum of Architecture and Design which tackles the disappearance of handicrafts and crafts by encouraging collaborations between handicrafts and design.
The phrase “Made in” has become a synonym and the cause of the decline of not only industry but also local, traditional crafts. We also associate the “Made in China” label with cheap, non-transparent, inhumane and non-organic production in the Far East. Both traditional or rural and urban crafts are an important cultural heritage, but they are dying out almost imperceptibly. We are talking about potters, light makers, comb makers, umbrella makers and repairers, blacksmiths, watchmakers, potters, and shoemakers and other craftsmen are disappearing. Why is this the case and how to preserve traditional crafts that are disappearing without nostalgia in the age of globalization? How to vaccinate them with the modern experience to make traditional products survive and find their way to the modern user? Why is it important that crafts, as an important part of the intangible cultural heritage, do not die out?
Author : Saša Šavel Burkart
Director: Amir Muratović
“Both traditional or rural and urban crafts are an important part of our cultural heritage, but they are dying out almost imperceptibly. We are talking about potters, light makers, comb makers, umbrella makers and repairers, blacksmiths, watchmakers, potters, and shoemakers and other craftsmen who are sadly disappearing. ”
These are also the starting points of an international project, part of which is also the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, which tackles the disappearance of crafts in a way that encouraged cooperation between handicrafts and design. They did this by interpreting handicraft techniques and skills through their projects, tackling them in an anthropological and conceptual way and thus trying to find answers.