The Cottagecore Aesthetic
A few years ago I first heard the term "cottagecore" as a way to to describe an aesthetic that focuses on crafts, design and clothing that one might associate with a simpler, rural and traditional time. Cottagecore has an English countryside feel and seems to be naming a lifestyle that is the antithesis of our modern, connected, virtual world, though its popularity spread through social media. This isn't a new idea. In the 19th Century, for example, The Arts and Crafts Movement focused on design that was meant as a statement against industrial production and focused on utility and simplicity.
During the pandemic, cottagecore became even more popular. The cozy, hand-made style that it espoused was perfect for those staying home and making that home a place they wanted to be. During this time a new thirst for crafts emerged with people replacing drinks at bars with time at a loom or a canvas.
While I'm not quite ready to ditch my house in the city for a country cottage, I do love the cottagecore "look" and I think tapestry weaving fits incredibly well into the aesthetic and the idea of the movement.
Recently I was contacted by someone at Redfin about a blog post they had written about achieving the cottagecore aesthetic. You can find the post here. In it the author refers to handwoven rugs and woven artwork. It got me thinking once again about cottagecore and how tapestry fits in.
What do you think about the cottagecore aesthetic? How do you think tapestry weaving fits into it?