The word “folkways” is an anthropological term that refers to the way of life of a particular community or group of people. A way of life can include how people dress and adorn themselves, the food they eat, the objects they make, how they speak to each other, what they believe, their view of reality, the ways they form families, how they organize work: essentially all aspects of social life. Or in a word, culture.
Folkways Culture Kits are designed to deepen an understanding of and respectfully celebrate the ways of people from diverse cultures around the world. With each kit, our intention is to foster a deeper appreciation of the makers of the rich craft traditions from different cultures. Each kit is an invitation to learn more about cultural diversity and also realize our common human heritage that derives a deep satisfaction through making something with ones’ own hands.