"Most traditional crafts developed before the industrial age, which brought the manufacture of interchangeable parts for machinery and household appliances – and before the invention of electricity, plastics and polyesters.
In the pre-industrial age, craftsmen used materials found in nature like wood, cotton, wool, natural dyes, stone, etc., to make their crafts – and they used hand- or water-powered tools to make them.
Some craftsmen became specialists in a particular craft and well respected by the community as master artisans. Some crafts were made by everyday people as a matter of survival. This was especially true on farms and rural towns were people needed to be self-sufficient.
Today, traditional craftsmen have bigger challenges preserving their skills because they need to produce their crafts in a modern economy. Because most traditional crafts are very labor-intensive, few people earn a living at making their traditional craft."
If you are interested, grant opportunities to support one-to-one instruction between a master traditional artist & an apprentice are available through the NH State Council on the Arts.