Dogwood Crafters, Dillsboro

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Art Gallery · Gift & Specialty Shop
In 1976, an optimistic band of mountain crafters applied for $1,000 of leftover Bicentennial grant money in order to start a craft cooperative. At the time handmade items were not particularly valued by most Americans, but the original dozen crafters preserved and celebrated on the day the shop took in $50.00.

Slowly, the cooperative added members, moved to its present location, expanded, computerized, and today that fledgling Dogwood Crafters Co-op is so successful, it is imitated. Over the years, Dogwood Crafters has arrived at an interesting mix of artisans. Both traditional and contemporary works can be found within the shop’s log walls.

Corn shuck dolls sit next to silk. Tatted lace, handmade quilts and tea cozies share space. The ancient art of handmade soap and calligraphy are comfortable next to handmade Christmas decorations and novelty birdhouses. Mountain sunshine first hits stained glass works before moving on to hand-thrown pottery and a variety of baskets.

Small gifts, handmade decorations for the home, unusual souvenirs of a trip to the mountains and precious heirlooms to be passed along from generation to generation are all available at the Dillsboro, North Carolina cooperative.

Dogwood Crafters is not easily described. The shop’s inventory is really a constantly changing variety of beautiful and fascinating items limited only to the imagination and skill of the 100 or so artisans who make Dogwood Crafters what it is – a showcase of mountain crafts and gifts.
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  • We spent some time looking around this shop. There are quite a few crafters represented. The volunteers staffing the store the day we were there were very pleasant. We enjoyed chatting with them.  more »
  • In addition to the wonderfully made crafts at this store, the female clerks were also fun to hang with... great sense of humor and many laughs! How anybody could walk out of this store with their...  more »
  • This is a local craft co-operative, real local artist and novices. Great selection , very busy with both locals and tourist. I drive 50 miles 3-4 times a year for the great selection and quality
  • Hidden gem in Jackson County NC. This non profit shop sells art work from local artists. There is a section in the store that displays Christmas decor and ornaments all year round.

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