Craft studies is an emerging field of research that is gaining recognition worldwide. Studia Vernacula is a publication that aims to lead the way in craft studies in Estonia. Craft studies combine practical skills with theoretical knowledge of heritage craft technologies. Such practice- based approaches help researchers achieve a better understanding of the technical aspects of their objects of study.
When manually experienced craft scholars focus on techniques and skills in their approach, they get closer to unwinding the tacit elements behind the techniques – the sophisticated combination of local materials, skills, bodily movements, tools, etc.
The current publication is a special compilation of selected articles previously published in Estonian in University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy’s research journal, Studia Vernacula. We believe the texts have the potential to attract the attention of an international audience.