Merita Selimi Spahija


The history and development of crafts in Albania and the many values inherited from the past speaks of high craftsmanship, their "individuality", their talent and their creative imagination. Natural heritage is completely inseparable from cultural heritage. This feature is also evident in the handicrafts made by women and girls whose creativity has been done at home. Making costumes for herself, clothing for husband, kids, home furnishings, etc. From the impressive wealth of today's handicraft products, it is not easy to choose. However, from this take, we will highlight the most prominent ones, which are often exhibited in museums.

Is female crafts part of this sphere of work where women are forgotten?

The statement that women entered the labor force from the war of 1914-18 is one of the rarely-dying myths. It is still regularly used in television documentaries. However, recent historiography has shown the whole void of this bias. It affirms the claim that women have always worked (Schweitzer, 2002). The question is not to show that women work, and it has been a long time they do so, but to clarify a well-meaning activity. This finding sometimes extends to all small independent businesses, including handicrafts. Closely related to these issues is cultural identity, which also by definition assumes different connotations, usually accompanied by other geographical, spatial and mental notions, such as region, locality, or ethnicity.

Keywords: socio-cultural and historical factors, female handicrafts, artistry and female artwork.

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The trade register is the register where all artisans have to be registered since 1936. It is the equivalent of the trade register artwork and associations (created in 1920).

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