Nämnden för hemslöjdsfrågor, är en statlig myndighet under Kulturdepartementet, med målet att främja hemslöjd.

The National Swedish Handicraft Council

Photo: Ann-Sofie Svansbo

Photo: Ann-Sofie Svansbo

The National Swedish Handicraft Council initiates, plans and coordinates efforts to promote handicraft activities. The overall objective is to promote handicraft all over Sweden by increasing people´s interest and knowledge in the area of handicraft.  

The office is located at the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) in Stockholm. The Government appoints the council itself for a period of three years and currently comprises nine members.

The Council allocates state grants to work that furthers and develops handicraft. The focus is on information, further education, co-ordination of the work performed by handicraft consultants, follow-up and evaluation as well as investigatory work and initiation of development projects. The total funding in the year 2014 is circa SEK 12 000 000.

What does a handicraft consultant do?
The handicraft consultants work in both advisory and informative capacity. Their mission is to promote handicrafts by arousing people´s interest and increasing their knowledge of what handicraft work involves. The handicraft consultant´s activities include organizing educational programs, courses and exhibitions, documenting old handicrafts, initiating development projects in collaboration with designers and craftsmen and promoting craft activities among children and young people.

Responsible authorities for the  handicraft consultants are handicraft societies, regional councils or county museums. The county/regional councils finance at least half of the consultancy operations and are important partners at the regional level.

The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies
The National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societieslänk till annan webbplats, SHR, is a non-profit organization consisting of county handicraft societies and national craft associations in Sweden.   Their work is based on the vision that Handicraft should have a natural place in everyone's daily life.  

The national association SHR publishes Hemslöjdlänk till annan webbplats, which is Sweden´s largest magazine for handicraft and folk art.

SHR is also the largest part-owner of Sätergläntanlänk till annan webbplats, a college of handicrafts in the province of Dalecarlia. This college arranges long and short training courses in the handicraft area.