When I was at university I was a history major. I've lionized the subject ever since my primary school days. This week I delve, posit and discourse on history. History steeped in european traditions, family legacies and the art of craftsmanship. This is an issue of Time magazine that was published in August 2001, and inside is somewhat of a screed on why europeans strive for quality and craftsmanship. For this week I have seclected articles that have a bearing on the ethos of this blog. At the same time, I hope that as educational and enlightening as it was to me, it will be to you as well. I don't remember reading and consuming it back then as I have done in the past few weeks. What appeals to me is the fact that each article is specific and articulates the story of one particular craftsman. It is also geographic in nature, pinpointing, with the aid of a map, each region or place where a particular product is manufactured.
In this series of posts, which will be week long, I have selected topics such: shoes made in France, watches from Switzerland, embroidery from France and, textiles made in Austria. Stay tuned because the stories, legacies, and provenances behind these craftsmen will make for riveting reading.
PG: Man to man, generation to generation.