Historic skills at their fingertips

Mastering a craft is a skill to be savoured and France does a great job of protecting its most skilled workers, those who transform simple materials into something that becomes... simply desirable.

Since 2015 a law recognises and, by extension, protects, these métiers d’art, which in English approximates to mastercrafts. The National Institute for Métiers d’Art says master craftsmen and women share three characteristics:

- The use of complex skills and knowledge to transform a material;
- The production of objects, either singly or in small series, of an artistic character; and
- The work of a professional with a complete mastery of the techniques of their craft.

In numbers, the métiers d’art total 281 separate crafts with more than 38,000 businesses in 16 categories.

There are 1,000 different groups offering a range of ...

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