The paper addresses a research work on the diachronicaesthetic powers of hand-looming and interlacing techniques. The author alsoattempts to reveal the cultural significance of ancient handicraft techniques.The case study is an interaction of methods and techniques to incorporate localhand looming and weaving methodology in modern handicraft production. The research team investigated the possibility for modern jewels that result fromthe thorough study of specific methods, means and media related to weaving andinterlacing, theoretically and practically. The focus was on the development ofnew quality jewelry designs and products that bear the local cultural identity,with the adaptation of traditional handicraft methodologies. The case study involvesteaching projects in jewelry design, and investigates the practical and academic value of an extensive knowledge of craftsmanship. The new design proposals are based on selected classical and traditional local designs, created in thetraditional handicraft manner. The teaching assignments and the total project intended to develop new educational strategies in Design/Textile Design Education, andwished to set up a line of research on innovation in the handicraft field. Thework took place in the Textile Design Studio of the Faculty of Applied Arts andDesign, TEI of Athens, Greece, with the active participation of academics anddesign students.
About the Author:
The authoris associated with Department of Graphic Arts and Design of TechnologicalEducational Institution (TEI) of Athens.