Craftcore is the act of implementing hand-crafted elements, often created by artisans, into fashion pieces. Whether it is a hat, jewelry, a handbag, a dress, or a pair of pants, items made through crochet or knitting became increasingly popular. Additionally, adding embroidery or beaded embellishments into a piece of fashion can also be included in this category. It gave the spotlight to the idea of what slow fashion looks like.
“When we were forced to take a pause during the lockdown, we realized that taking things slowly wasn’t necessarily bad,” Péro designer, Aneeth Arora, tells Vogue. “We also understood the beauty of the handmade and the uniqueness of these age-old techniques where no two pieces look alike.”
Because of its connection to intentional slow fashion, it also creates a connection between the wearer and the designer or artisan. According to L’Officiel, it’s a way for many people to feel like they are supporting sustainable fashion. Sometimes, it can also be a way to sustain smaller, independent brands. It helps create this notion of ethical consumption where customers are supporting small businesses over big business, partaking in sustainability, and upcycling when they can.