Unit 1. Monastic products

Before we get closer to a definition of a real monastic product, let’s have a look at the historical need for monastic goods. Monastic products started in the past as a means of monastic self-sufficiency and equipment and provisions for pilgrims. These products gained income for monastic life and for preserving it. The production of these goods created employment opportunities for secular workers – not any different from how it does today. But what exactly is a monastic product and how can it be classified?