The simple fact that many of these craft practices are still in existence is testament to the resilience and commitment of their practitioners. Unlike the fast moving trends of international trades and consumer markets, artisanal traditions move very slowly: they have emerged from their unique local environment and have been finely tuned throughout years of careful practice, reflection and revision. Knowledge has been passed from one generation to the next, creating deeply connected relationships between people and their natural environment. Art and craft works are more than mere decorative objects; they embody the unique qualities of the artisan and artisanal mastery, and often represent important elements of cultural identity.