Naoko was right: in this day and age, whether I like it or not, Practical comes from China. I've spent several years studying the world of business and I can confirm that with some exceptions, most stuff that forms the bulk and backdrop of our material culture is mass-produced in the midst of other cultures, in other lands.
so, what now? What DO I make? How am I relevant?
Earlier this week as I sat and wove on my living room floor, I actually heard an answer:
I am relevant not because I provide for physical needs, but because I fire the spark of imagination that makes it worthwhile.