First and foremost, handmade does not imply that machinery, equipment and technology was not used. It is definitely not an excuse to hide imperfections or lack of quality either. On the contrary, handmade translates to superior quality, a lot of details, and lots of love. Artisans pour their heart and soul, using their passion, knowledge, creativity and expertise to give life to the items they work on. It requires a tremendous amount of patience, commitment and dedication.
One of a kind
Unlike mass produced, each and every handmade items are unique - no two handmade scarves are the same. Talk about one of a kind. They vary slightly in colour, shading, texture, shape or size, which only adds to their value by giving them character and identity. A perfect analogy - mass produced is like writing an email while handmade is like sending a hand-written letter.
Quality over quantity - always
Handmade items are made to last as the focus is on quality and not quantity. This makes them sustainable and environmentally friendly. When you buy a handmade item, you are not only helping the local economy by supporting small businesses, but also enabling artisans to continue pursuing their creative dreams. You are also helping in keeping traditional craftsmanship and techniques alive.
Work of art
Handmade items are more than just items, they are works of art capturing the creative spirit of the artisans who made them. Art brings happiness, inspiration and joy to our life. It does matter and it might cost a bit extra, but let's embrace these beautiful products made by hand in small quantities.
In the spirit of celebrating handmade items, the video below captures a small part of what it takes to weave a handmade scarf.