Craft Heritage

Appalachian Crafts - Craft Heritage in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina 

The North Carolina mountains and foothills have become the geographic center of handmade crafts in the United States. The region fostered the country's traditional craft movement (1800s to early 1900s) as well as the contemporary craft movement (1940s). Today, over 4,000 craftspeople live and work in Western North Carolina, where the traditional and contemporary crafts flourish side by side, and create a craft economy of more than $206 million in the region.

View this video from American Craft Week 2015 to hear about this history and meet some of the artists who call this region home.

Craft Heritage Stories that Celebrate Appalachian Crafts and Traditions in North Carolina 

Listen to some interesting stories about our Craft Heritage in our Sights & Sounds Gallery.  Just click on the links below:

Our Sights & Sounds Gallery shares stories of traditional crafts, Cherokee crafts, Blue Ridge attractions and Appalachian history in North Carolina. Western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains have been home to a wide variety of people including the Cherokee Indians, African immigrants and many different European settlers. It is part of what makes this region so diverse and unique. 

Bea Hensley

Cherokee Basketmaking

Crossnore School & Weaving Room

John C. Campbell Folk School

Legacy of Biltmore Estate Industries

Mount Mitchell Craft Fair

Quilt Trails

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center

Tryon Art Colony

Tryon Toy Makers