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Anna Goulding, Bruce Davenport, and Andrew Newman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340911

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340911.001.0001

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Oral histories and lacemaking as strategies for resilience in women’s craft groups

Oral histories and lacemaking as strategies for resilience in women’s craft groups

(p.203) Nine Oral histories and lacemaking as strategies for resilience in women’s craft groups
Resilience and Ageing

Anna Sznajder

Katarzyna Kosmala

Policy Press

This chapter examines an ethnographic study of a women's lacemaking network in Poland. It confirms the value of craft work as both a creative and social activity and as contributing to the participants' resilience. Older people choosing to practise arts and crafts resulted in enhanced personal expression and self-esteem. Indeed, lace making as part of a group strengthened social connectivity, increased confidence, and improved the group's perception of their social status. Moreover, sharing stories while making craft allows for memories and experiences of the past to be intertwined and simultaneously performed in the present. This project led towards reflection upon the ways in which craft making can be combined with oral history, constructing the space for formulation of new discourses of ageing. Regional identities, enriched by the history of objects, practices, and places, allow people to locate themselves in the context of narratives about craft making.

Keywords:   lace making, craft work, resilience, older people, personal expression, self-esteem, social connectivity, craft making, oral history, regional identities

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