Amana began as a colony of German settlers in the mid-1800s. They lived communally and sustainably, even weaving their own textiles. As a result, they became known for heirloom handicrafts. Though Amana set aside its communal lifestyle during the Great Depression, its spirit of craftsmanship and community lives on. Today, Amana artisans craft textiles and homewares in the same building—and with the same old-world techniques—as they did over a century ago.