Design and National Identity

Design and National Identity
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The use of design to express a country’s identity is now called Romantic Nationalism. While this phenomenon had manifestations in all the countries represented here, it was most prevalent in those trying to free themselves from foreign domination and establish political independence. Romantic Nationalism took from the Arts and Crafts movement the advocacy of indigenous design and the use of local materials; peasant crafts and vernacular buildings were considered essential to each country’s heritage. No contradiction was perceived between preserving and adapting these folk traditions and creating a modern art.

- Wendy Kaplan (2005)