AskDefine | Define crafts

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Noun

crafts
  1. Plural of craft

Verb

crafts
  1. third-person singular of craft

Extensive Definition

A craft is a skill, especially involving practical arts. It may refer to a trade or particular art.
The term is often used as part of a longer word (and also in the plural). For example, a craft-brother is a fellow worker in a particular trade and a craft-guild is, historically, a guild of workers in the same trade. See some further examples below.
The term is often used to describe the family of artistic practices within the decorative arts that traditionally are defined by their relationship to functional or utilitarian products (such as sculptural forms in the vessel tradition) or by their use of such natural media as wood, clay, glass, textiles, and metal. Crafts practiced by independent artists working alone or in small groups are often referred to as studio craft. Studio craft includes studio pottery, metal work, weaving, wood turning and other forms of wood working, glass blowing, and glass art.
A craft fair is an organized event to display crafts by a number of exhibitors.
Folk art follows craft traditions, in contrast to fine art or "high art".
Both Freemasonry and Wicca are alternatively know as 'The Craft' by their adherents.

See also

crafts in Bosnian: Zanat
crafts in Czech: Řemeslo
crafts in Modern Greek (1453-): Τεχνική
crafts in Indonesian: Kriya
crafts in Hebrew: אומנות
crafts in Russian: Промысел
crafts in Albanian: Firma zejtare
crafts in Simple English: Craft
crafts in Slovak: Remeslo
crafts in Swedish: Hantverk
crafts in Chinese: 工藝
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