What are handicrafts?
Cambridge dictionary defines handicrafts as: “A skilled activity in which something is made in a traditional way with hands rather than being produced by machines in a factory, or an object made by such an activity.” Handicrafts include a wide variety of objects that are made by hand or by using simple tools.
Moreover, ideas and designs are so unique when it comes to handmade items, as they are the product of long hours of thinking and personal creativity. When it comes to materials, many materials can be used in handmade pieces depending on the crafters. Usually natural materials will be their first choice as skill and creativity will appear in the pieces they make.
Throughout history, handicrafts items played an important role in folk art in many cultures around the world and gave each culture its special taste.
Why do buy handcrafted products?
Usually, we buy products to use them one way or the other. Yet, we buy handicrafts to use them as well as support and preserve the art and craft.
In addition, with most handcrafted items usually made of natural, sustainable materials, by buying these items we can contribute to preserving our environment.
Most importantly, handmade items are made by a person who puts her/his soul and creativity in the piece she/he is making. This piece can’t be duplicated; it will look and feel unique.
Therefore, with a handmade gift, you will be giving something much more meaningful, and you are sure to send your message in an exceptional way.
“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it” Flannery O’Conner.