Cottagecore or also known as Farmcore and Countrycore is an aesthetic mainly based on loving nature and living in harmony with it.
This aesthetic usually romanticizes simple Western agricultural life on farms and country sides, rather than the modern, materialistic lifestyle.
It is also associated with protecting the environment, animals and caring about people. It is all in all a quite positive aesthetic, with positive and kind goals.
The aesthetic is also particularly involved in the WLW (women love women) community.
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While “cottagecore” only became the name for this aesthetic in 2018, similar themed aesthetics and ideals have been around for longer.
According to Wikipedia, the 19th century Arts and Crafts Movement, where the goal was to approach art, architecture and designs in folklore ways, could be one of “cottagecore’s” inspirations.
However, the now known “cottagecore” aesthetic was only recognized in early 2018 on Tumblr.
Spread and Usage
“Cottagecore” became more and more predominant over the years on various social media platforms. Most recently, it got popular on the video sharing app, TikTok and also on Instagram.
Even though the aesthetic spread onto a number of social media sites, the community was notably formed on Tumblr.
Despite the positive and subversive outlook on life of the “cottagecore” community, it has been criticized for romanticizing farming life and not appreciating the labour of real life farmers.
- Aesthetics Wiki – Cottagecore
- BBC – ‘Cottagecore’ and the rise of the modern rural fantasy
- Vox – Once upon a time, there was cottagecore