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Crocheting - a craft that should be preserved, not exploited

Summer 2023 and crocheted garments are very trendy right now. But did you know that all the crocheted garments, which we see in the shops, have been handmade by someone?

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For several weeks, I have been walking around and thinking about a topic that I have long wanted to raise and discuss a little more widely. The further into the summer we have come, the more crocheted garments you see in the shops - it goes without saying that crocheting is very trendy right now, and many people want to wear summery and colorful hats, tank tops, bags etc.

But what many people don't know, or think about, is that everything that is actually crocheted has been created by someone by hand. There is thus no machine that makes all these garments and accessories, but behind each crocheted product there is a person who has made the product manually, with yarn in one hand and crochet hook in the other hand. At stores like H&M and Gina Tricot, these garments are sold at very low prices, which makes one wonder if the person who created the products has actually been paid for their work at all. And how many of these garments will end up in landfills, when companies get rid of what hasn't been sold over the summer?

A crochet bag at H&M

It feels even more strange when the chains sell things that are labeled with the word hand crocheted but where the price cannot be seen to be in any reasonable relationship to how much work has been put behind it. All of us who can crochet or have tried it at some point can probably agree that a bag like this, for example, which Indiska has produced below, cannot take less than 10 hours to make - and even then it has been made by someone very fast at crocheting.

A crocheted bag at Indiska is sold for SEK 349

A crocheted bag at Indiska sells for 349 SEK

Even worse with crocheted linen. These DEFINITELY take a long time to make. 250 SEK?

Crochet tank tops are demanding to make, but cost 250kr?

We therefore like to wear crocheted clothes, which means that we would like the traditional craft to remain with us. But does it feel okay that these trends should survive at the expense of those who actually create the clothes?

I don´t think anyone thinks so, really. But how can we change this?

Our purpose and philosophy with MYO has always been to teach our community to create themselves, instead of buying new. Actually, it started from the fact that we wanted more people to have the opportunity to feel how fun it is to create yourself, but what we have learned now about this subject gives a whole new value to creation. We want the craft to remain - but not at the expense of anyone. That handmade is trendy is so nice from several different aspects, but must be made more sustainable, and thus also ethically sustainable.

For example, a super stylish summer bag is very easy to make yourself, it takes a few hours but is all the more valuable when you have created it yourself. If you later want to make a little more advanced things (such as tank tops), there are nice patterns and durable yarns for these too.

My wish is that together (even you who read this blog) can help each other remember how important it is, in the world we live in today, to consume consciously. And thus preserve the craft so that it is available to everyone.

More on the subject can be found here: https://littleworldofwhimsy.com/are-there-crochet-machines-i-asked-an-expert/

Hug, Oona

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Crocheting - a craft that should be preserved, not exploited

Summer 2023 and crocheted garments are very trendy right now. But did you know that all the crocheted garments, which we see in the shops, have been handmade by someone?

Crocheting - a craft that should be preserved, not exploited

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Oona von Zweygbergk

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28/5/2024

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https://blogg.makeyourown.io/blogg/virkning-ett-handarbete-som-bor-bevaras-inte-utnyttjas

For several weeks, I have been walking around and thinking about a topic that I have long wanted to raise and discuss a little more widely. The further into the summer we have come, the more crocheted garments you see in the shops - it goes without saying that crocheting is very trendy right now, and many people want to wear summery and colorful hats, tank tops, bags etc.

But what many people don't know, or think about, is that everything that is actually crocheted has been created by someone by hand. There is thus no machine that makes all these garments and accessories, but behind each crocheted product there is a person who has made the product manually, with yarn in one hand and crochet hook in the other hand. At stores like H&M and Gina Tricot, these garments are sold at very low prices, which makes one wonder if the person who created the products has actually been paid for their work at all. And how many of these garments will end up in landfills, when companies get rid of what hasn't been sold over the summer?

A crochet bag at H&M

It feels even more strange when the chains sell things that are labeled with the word hand crocheted but where the price cannot be seen to be in any reasonable relationship to how much work has been put behind it. All of us who can crochet or have tried it at some point can probably agree that a bag like this, for example, which Indiska has produced below, cannot take less than 10 hours to make - and even then it has been made by someone very fast at crocheting.

A crocheted bag at Indiska is sold for SEK 349

A crocheted bag at Indiska sells for 349 SEK

Even worse with crocheted linen. These DEFINITELY take a long time to make. 250 SEK?

Crochet tank tops are demanding to make, but cost 250kr?

We therefore like to wear crocheted clothes, which means that we would like the traditional craft to remain with us. But does it feel okay that these trends should survive at the expense of those who actually create the clothes?

I don´t think anyone thinks so, really. But how can we change this?

Our purpose and philosophy with MYO has always been to teach our community to create themselves, instead of buying new. Actually, it started from the fact that we wanted more people to have the opportunity to feel how fun it is to create yourself, but what we have learned now about this subject gives a whole new value to creation. We want the craft to remain - but not at the expense of anyone. That handmade is trendy is so nice from several different aspects, but must be made more sustainable, and thus also ethically sustainable.

For example, a super stylish summer bag is very easy to make yourself, it takes a few hours but is all the more valuable when you have created it yourself. If you later want to make a little more advanced things (such as tank tops), there are nice patterns and durable yarns for these too.

My wish is that together (even you who read this blog) can help each other remember how important it is, in the world we live in today, to consume consciously. And thus preserve the craft so that it is available to everyone.

More on the subject can be found here: https://littleworldofwhimsy.com/are-there-crochet-machines-i-asked-an-expert/

Hug, Oona

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