Cottage Industries: Authentic Arts
Cottage industries thrive in Ohio Amish Country. We have many craftspeople who use traditional skills and develop unique styles and products. Many of our crafts serve practical functions while providing rich decoration to daily living.
Quilts may be the most widely recognizable artistic endeavor in Amish Country. The area features many fabrics and notions shops to supply quilters with brilliant and textured fabrics. Quilts often have pieced geometry that represents historic or traditional design. Traditional Amish quilts tend to be dark, but you’ll see many more innovative pieced designs and quilting work in this area. Whether practiced as a social or solitary activity, quilting produces a functional work of art.
Other artisans in the area create through varied mediums that utilize fiber, clay, paint, wood, and even upcycled materials. Several shops in the area feature the work of local artisans. Pieces include kids aprons, pottery bowls and mugs, jewelry, decor, and apparel. Visitors might also notice Amish farms advertising baskets or brooms. You’ll have to venture down the lane to explore these crafts.
Handcrafted, hardwood furniture is one of our area’s most successful industries. The furniture makers use traditional techniques while engaging in contemporary design and sustainable practices. Many pieces are customizable, and our furniture stores offer excellent opportunities to discover accent and anchor pieces for family homes. This heirloom-quality furniture is made in America and supports local tradespeople. The furniture delivers longevity and peace of mind that a box of imported, build-it-yourself, particle board furniture can’t provide. Amish Country’s artisans strive to create works that express beauty that will last into the future.
Helping Hands Quilt Shop
The Jenny Wren