The term low-technology
is a description of those crafts
whose inception (typically) predates the Industrial Revolution
A test for low-technology may be that it can be practiced or fabricated with a minimum of Capital investment by an individual or small group of individuals; and that the knowledge of the practice can be completely comprehended by a single individual, free from increasing specialization and compartmentalization.
Colloquially, low-technology (or lo-tech - an antonym of hi-tech) has also come to be used as a relative description of more modern techniques and designs to show that they are no longer cutting edge. Generally such techniques and designs fall into disuse due to their inferiority.
Examples of Low-technology
Note: almost all of the entries in this section should be prefixed by the word traditional.
(Wright is the agent form of the word wrought, which itself is the original past passive participle of the word work, now superseded by the weak verb forms worker and worked respectively.)
Note: home-canning is a counter example of a Low-technology since some of the supplies needed to pursue this skill rely on a global trade network and an existing manufacturing infrastructure.
the Legal Status of Low-technology
- By Federal law in the United States, only those articles produced with little or no use of machinery or tools with complex mechanisms may be stamped with the designation hand-wrought or hand-made.
- Lengthy court-battles are currently underway over the precise definition of the terms organic and natural as applied to foodstuffs.
Groups associated with Low-technology