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The state's mountains are home to the country's fourth largest group of craftsmen. Based in Asheville, HandMade in America promotes their work, benefitting not only the artisans but also the state's economy.
Over 4,000 full-or-part-time craftspersons live in economically depressed Western North Carolina. HandMade in America is a project that seeks to promote and preserve the crafts of this area and to transform the area into the nation's craft center. To assist in this project, promoters have produced a guidebook that directs people through the twenty-one county region, locating and describing points of interest, such as basket weaving or quilt making.
Handicrafts in Western North Carolina are a 200 million dollar force in the region's economy. The author examines artists and how they contribute to the economy and tourism industry.