I remember a tourist group in a fishing museum in the north of Iceland (yup, was there, more than once )
they heard that the men were sewing their own waterproof leather outfits… several middle aged women (group dumbness sticking out their ears)…: “Oh my god! Did their wifes die, or why did they attemt that? The outfits must have been all horrible!”
The tourists were German and I did my best to not seem German (which is kind of hard when you are) and forgot my mother tongue. They had other comments along those lines, too.
To schools: In elementary school crafts German kids almost always do some knitting (knits, purls, usually becomes a snake or something), crocheting (we did some simple pot holder or so), weaving (don’t ask me what that was supposed to be in the end) and stitching.
In my high school there was a girl class for crafts (mandatory, though) and we did some elaborate window-decoration crochet, corchet a shopping net, knit a pullover (mine lacks sleves to this day, putting me in trauma ) and sewed a skirt.
The elementary school stuff is mandatory for all kids though, as far as I know.
I did know all these crafts before we had them in school and so did some of the other girls. But everybody was at least exposed to it for a few weeks.
Comes in handy in life!
MMario - REAL men knit LACE