crafts are also sometimes called "household crafts."
The items presented here are made primarily by women--though
men are also involved--from a wide variety of ethnic and regional
groups. Many rural Louisiana people remain tied to a traditional
household-based subsistence economy, but as living off the land
and water becomes rarer, so too, do such homemade crafts items.
The most basic requirement
of these objects and processes is utility. However, such items
as baskets, quilts, table coverings, hats, and bonnets also clearly
have an aesthetic dimension. The balance between necessity and
style is also apparent in the items and procedures represented
in the preparation, consumption, and conservation of traditional