Flute making and Shetland lace knitting are among 56 traditional skills in danger of dying out in the UK, according to a list of critically endangered crafts published in 2021 by the Heritage Crafts Association.

The Red List of Endangered Crafts was first published in 2017, highlighting not only the high level of traditional craftmaking skills still surviving in the UK, but also how vulnerable these skills are. Factors like labour costs and mass production reduce demand for highly skilled handmade items, and the makers’ knowledge is not passed down to the next generation. The list for 2021 ...


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