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The Directory of Traditional American Crafts  is conducted under the auspices of Early American Life magazine, which publishes the Directory and its companion Holiday Directory each year. 

Those whose work is selected for listing in the annual Directory of Traditional American Crafts are allowed to display the Directory logo on their work and in their advertisements for a limited period after their selection. This honor identifies their work and assures you that it was produced by one of the best traditional artisans working in America today.

Those selected for the Directory are allowed to display hangtags (shown at left) on the products they offer for sale. The rules of the Directory competition require that artisans offer items comparable to those selected by the judging. In addition, the items judged must represent the artisan's current work.

Artists selected for the Directory are also allowed to display a small logo (like the one shown at right) in their advertisements.

These are your assurance that the work not only meets the highest standards of skill in its making but also has historical integrity. The designated work is true to the period it represents. Artists are allowed to display the Directory identification for only two years following their selection to assure you that their current work maintains the high standards set by the Directory jurors.