Traditional Turkish shuttle loom used in production of turkish cotton towels

Sometimes in life we need to take the time to pause, reflect and consider what has come before to enable us to move forward. 

Craftsmanship is a familiar concept, but in a fast-paced world of quick fixes, the essence of the word can be lost to instant solutions and mass-produced goods. 

Transcending cultures, the idea of the craftsman has always been to use what we have around us to make life better and more beautiful. The craftsman's role was to learn, practice, refine and then pass on their skill.

As well as fulfilling a practical need, the work of the craftsman's hands would adorn homes. Often inspired by nature; colours, intricate details and patterns were used to create designs that had significance to them and their identity as a community.

Over time much skill and knowledge has been lost and beautifully crafted goods loose out to lower quality, cheaper alternatives.

Thankfully there are signs that things are changing. People are becoming more informed and a consciousness to the way business is done is returning. We give thanks to the campaigners, journalists and businesses that came before us and we hope we can join them and others to move towards beauty, sustainability, and real craftsmanship.