Hand-stitched clothes and knitted garments were the norm for us when we were growing up. It certainly wasn’t because of our mothers and grandmothers’ love for handmade, but that was how life simply was back then, for most of us. ‘Ready made’ aka machine-made was around too, but reserved for special occasions. Then somehow, there came a phase where we saw this phenomenon reversed. However, today ‘handmade’ is the one with renewed respect as well as a price tag, maybe stemming from our intrinsic need to bring back elements of life that existed as a natural part of our fabric decades ago.
It would bring a lot of us immense joy to live in an environment where the culture of buying handmade, respecting the environment, of recycling-reusing becomes a ‘normal’ part of our existence. This is our minuscule endeavour to be a part of this movement, with a hope to help shift the mindset of folks as well as to save the skills and crafts within communities. This space is our testament to our love for handmade; of the many creative minds and hands that help us all celebrate life, albeit in the slightly slower lane.
The handmade scene today
The handmade scene across the world varies greatly. In some countries , the handmade artist commands a high price, which is willingly paid whilst in other parts, the artisan (creator) is typically the lowest paid in the entire cycle. I am no socialist but this doesn’t appear to be right.
I am sure we all would love for this to change, and help create an environment where the artisan-maker is treated with more dignity and fairly, especially financially? If this is something close to your heart, you would be wondering – what else can we do? Well, spread the word about a wonderful artisan, designer or a collaboration you know of. Support them by buying and using their products. This tiny act of ours will go a long way towards saving a craft and creating livelihoods.
Glimpses of some handmade love this year
It’s soon going to be that time of the year, when we reflect on the year gone by and make plans and promises for the new year. Time to look at some prettiness created by artisans and ‘urban kaarigars’:
This is just a glimpse into some of the products we shared with you this year. Please do stay with us while we continue this journey with you in the coming year, with a renewed and refreshed love for handmade.
Thank you for your company this year. Buy handmade, buy hand-finished…Be Notjustashopper!
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