Woven Communities: Exploring the Dynamics of Socio-cultural Change through Material Culture

 

Resource authors: Stephani Bunn

This scoping study began with the premise that material culture forms an invaluable starting point for the exploration of the sociocultural history and interconnectedness of communities. The project has developed a special case study on Scottish vernacular basketry and, in collaboration with Scottish basket-makers, Scottish museum curators and other experts, situates itself within both regional and international concerns and research on this subject. We approached the study through examining existing research on the interwoven domains of human action associated with Scottish vernacular basketry. In doing so, we aimed to explore how the material fabric of social change is enmeshed in human action, as communities develop and respond to socio-economic and technological shifts through time.

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