DURATION: 2021–2023

PROGRAMME: Connecting Europe Facility

Crafts are the living creative expressions of our traditions and are  strongly intertwined in the fabrics and cultural objects of our communities. The richness of European crafts shows in the combination of tangible and intangible heritage: the hand-made objects, such as  jewellery, textiles and garments, and the traditions and techniques  inherited from our ancestors to create those objects.

The project aims to enable the preservation of both material and immaterial aspects of craftsmanship and thus ensure a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the communities and cultures from whom it belongs to. For this, the project will aggregate more than 186,000  new high-quality records that showcase tangible objects produced or used by artisans and document their immaterial context, such as techniques  and knowledge. Additionally, it will upgrade over 26,000 records already existing in Europeana to an open license.

It will also develop and deploy an innovative human-in-the-loop methodology (e.g. requiring human interaction) that repurposes and extends state-of-the-art digital tools, including AI tools, for image, audio and semantic analysis. The project will enhance existing crowdsourcing and aggregation tools to support a large scale automatic enrichment of datasets made available through Europeana For this, the project will build upon the results of two previous Generic Services projects - CrowdHeritage and Europeana XX - as well as use the aggregation platform MINT developed by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA).

The project will enhance the awareness of tangible and intangible aspects of European crafts through editorial. Additionally, it will hostthree ‘edit-a-thons’ to enrich Wikipedia pages with more comprehensive and diverse information about crafts heritage, including images and videos from Europeana.

Finally, CRAFTED will deliver three workshops and capacity-building resources such as guidelines and documentation to support the adoption of AI-driven methods and tools across the cultural heritage sector.

This project is a Europeana Generic Services project, and it is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.


National Technical University of Athens (Greece) - Coordinator

Michael Culture Association (Belgium)

Stichting Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid (The Netherlands)

European Fashion Heritage Association (Italy)

Stichting Europeana (The Netherland)

DATABLE BV (Belgium) 

AG Culturele Instellingen Antwerpen/Erfgoed (Belgium)

Open University of the Netherlands (The Netherlands)

Mobilier national et manufactures nationales des Gobelins, de Beauvais et de la Savonnerie (France)

Museum of Arts and Crafts of Zagreb (Croatia)

Stowarzyszenie Miedzynarodowe Centrum Zarzadzania Informacja (Poland)

Fondazione Museo del Tessuto di Prato (Italy)

Etablissement public Paris Musées  (France)

National Documentation Center  (Greece)

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This project is a Europeana Generic Services project, and it is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union.

News about the project

CRAFTED first editorials are out!

In recent months, CRAFTED project partners have been developing a Curational and Public Engagement Plan to inspire a wide variety of audiences to (re)discover the creative potential of crafts heritage and enable artisans to pass on their knowledge to others. All CRAFTED galleries, blogs and exhibitions will be collected on the newly launched feature page, Making Culture. In 2023 the 186,000 new high-quality records, upgraded 26,000 records  and all their related contents will be open and accessible via this  dedicated page. Only six months into the project, Making Culture already showcases a wealth of stories about craft culture!

Read the blogs here!

Read MCA's interviews realized in the framework of the project!

In the framework of the CRAFTED project, Michael Culture Association worked on two interviews! As crafting heritage is also a contemporary matter and we decided to
have a talk with two creators to learn more about the world of contemporary art and crafts!

  • Our first one is a conversation with Brankica Zilovic, contemporary artists using textile and teacher!
  • Our second one is a chat with master basketweaver Nico Solimano in his workshop!

Find them and all other blogs here!



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