When I grew up, knitting and crochet was “old women’s work”. They would get together to “do their thing”, perhaps gossip a bit, or… what did we youngsters know about it, really?
Textile craft was definitely not something very cool for a teenager (or even a 20+ someone) to do, or a reason to get together.
I think this is different today.
See f ex how Harry Styles has inspired a wave of DIY projects to recreate the crochet top he is wearing in the beginning of the official Watermelon Sugar video.
To get an idea, just google Harry Styles crochet top.
Another example is how a designer made cardigan that he wore at rehearsals became such a big trend that the designer – J W Anderson – released the pattern and tutorial for free. He also donated the cardigan to Victoria & Albert Museum’s fashion collection, as a testimony for how craft has helped people stay together and inspire each other throughout the Covid pandemic.
In the past, textile crafts were social in local communities. Today they are social also at a global level.
As for Harry Styles, imagine how different the social fabric of this world would be if we all embraced and lived by his motto: Treat People with Kindness (TPWK).
P.S. In case you missed it the first time, go back and watch the music video again and enjoy his jewellery!