Arts and crafts describes a wide variety of activities
involving making things with one's own hands. Arts and crafts is usually a hobby. Somecrafts (art skills) have been practised for
centuries, others are more recent inventions.
Both children and adults enjoy
arts and crafts. Children in schools may learn skills such as woodworking, wood carving, sewing, or
making things with all sorts of materials. Many community centres and schools
have evening or day classes and workshops where one can learn arts and craft
today are usually hobbies enjoyed by amateurs, the
word was used many centuries ago by professional people who had aguild system. Young people were learned from a
master-craftsman (i.e. they were "apprenticed"),
and they often took many years to learn their skills to perfection.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a
truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing ofAmerican Indian or Alaska Native arts and crafts products within the United
States. It is illegal to offer or display for sale, or sell any art or craft
product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian
product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian Tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization, resident within
the United States. For a first time violation of the Act, an individual can
face civil or criminal penalties up to a $250,000 fine or a five-year prison
term, or both. If business violates the Act, it can face civil penalties or can
be prosecuted and fined up to $1,000,000.