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From the very beginning craft has been intertwined with the history of the city. In previous centuries craft workshops occupied many premises in Poznan’s historic city centre. Today it is reflected in street names such as Szewska (Shoemakers Street), Ślusarska (Locksmiths Street) and Garbary (Tanners Street). Products made by craftsmen were not only used by the city’s inhabitants, but also exported, which contributed to the city’s wealth.

Nowadays craft does not play such an important role in the economy. This does not mean, however, that it is completely unimportant or not needed. Craftsmen and craftswomen supply goods and services which are authentic and unique. These qualities are becoming more and more desired in our globalised world.

Craft traditions, skills, knowledge and technology, which have been passed down from generation to generation, are invaluable resources that need to be protected. Therefore, craft has been recognised as part of intangible heritage. According to UNESCO, its value lies not only in cultivating tradition. It can also be a tool for achieving the goals of sustainable development.

This exhibition, however, does not present global trends. We want to take a closer look at the stories of very specific people, which is why we invited ten Poznan craft workshops to participate in the project. These workshops have been in business in our city for many years and have passed down traditions from generation to generation. On the basis of their example, we want to explore the panorama of Poznan craft.