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Handmade in Bruges – City of inspiring makers

Bruges is a city of makers, people who shape the world around us every day with their passion and drive ... the traditional way but also very contemporary at the same time. Even though Bruges is often associated with the virtuosity and mastery of craftsmen of the past, today, too, this city is home to many professionals, designers and craft businesses alike. Bruges has built itself a strong reputation in the field of gastronomy, calligraphy and letter sculpture, textiles and restoration.

Handmade in Brugge puts the Bruges-based makers on the map, both literally and figuratively speaking. Sample their traditional craftsmanship and be surprised by the mix of established names and new kids on the block, ancient and modern techniques!

HANDMADE IN BRUGES GUIDE

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Curious about the today’s makers of Bruges? On the look-out for handmade products with a story?

This guide puts the Bruges-based makers on the map, both literally and figuratively speaking. Sample their traditional craftsmanship and be surprised by the mix of established names and new kids on the block, ancient and modern techniques!

This guide
is available free of charge at the information office of the city or at Handmade in Brugge: De Republiek, Sint-Jakobsstraat 36, Brugge.

A future for crafts

How future-proof are crafts? That is the central question of the publication A Future for Crafts.

If the dusty frock is set aside and crafts delve into current trends and challenges, then the chance of survival is rather high. Crafts are ideal for building bridges between the past and the future. The work place of the craftsman is the ideal nursery for innovation. In addition, crafts can offer answers to societal, economical and ecological challenges, that demand our attention today, and certainly tomorrow. Only an integrated approach – heritage, economy, education, design and tourism combining forces – can lead to a sustainable success.

The publication seeks to be a guidebook and a source of inspiration. It presents tools and inspiring examples in praxis to place crafts more squarely on the map. Download your own digital copy of the book and discover its content.

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