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CRAFT SURVIVAL

Some crafts, objects and traditions survived longer in Ceredigion than in many other parts of Britain. For example, lip-work (straw basket and furniture making), the use of wooden bowls and spoons for eating stew (cawl) and the use of stick-back chairs survived into the 20th century.There may be several reasons for this. Firstly, the area has always been poor and as a result, the people of Cardiganshire were in the habit of repairing old items rather than buying new ones. Secondly, the county was more isolated than many other parts of the country, so imports were more expensive than home-made goods.

STICK-BACK OR COMB-BACKED CHAIRS

STRAW-WORK OR LIP WORK

WOODEN BOWLS

WOODEN PLATE (TRENCHER)

WOODEN SPOON