Traditional Crafts are practiced or sustained in a family or community and serve a purpose within that family or community. Unlike "art for art's sake" or craft that is learned through formal instruction, traditional craft is pursued for the sake of one's occupation or faith, by social custom, or in the conduct of daily life. Michael Berg learned to make working decoys, intended to float on water and to lure real ducks into the hunter's lair. All of the traditional craftsmen listed below are demonstrating their craft's materials and techniques during the Florida Folk Festival. All learned their skills from their families or communities and continue the tradition as a way of honoring their heritage. Exploring their personal stories is a great way to learn more about the history and culture of Florida. Visit them throughout the Festival grounds or in the Traditional Crafts Demonstration Tent at the top of the hill at the Amphitheater Stage. We're currently working on the 2018 festival. In the meantime, take a look at traditional artists that have participated in previous festivals.
Michael Berg makes hand-carved working duck decoys
Margaret Horvath is a master at making Hungarian embroidery and needlework and an expert on regional designs and history. Margaret will be demonstrating in the Folklife Area.
Lita Swindle demonstrates hand weaving and spinning
Nancy Traver demonstrate hand knitting, lace tatting and hand woven items