The early craft industry in western North Carolina was driven by community towards industry, rather than most modern work models which stem from industry towards profit. The doors to the Homespun Shops are carved with the adage "Life Without Industry is Guilt, Industry Without Art is Brutality," this saying perfectly summarizes how Biltmore Industries under Edith Vanderbilt aimed to build character and give young people an urge to be both creative and industrious in life, which later gave the craft industry an elegant pride in its own work. To this day, Asheville, North Carolina is an art town, the streets are lined with art galleries, craft shops, independent film theatres, and art supply stores. This culture is rooted within the earliest influences of industry in this area, primarily, Biltmore Industries.
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