The Beauty of Handcrafted and Artisanal Goods
As the modern-day consumer becomes more aware, the idea of “beauty” has achieved a holistic meaning beyond visual appeal and encompasses ethics, sustainability, and activism. Customers now advocate for products from small businesses and extend their support to local brands - because that is the essence of beauty.
Here are a few ways handcrafted and artisanal goods have come into the spotlight and are tagged as more beautiful than their machine-made counterparts:
They Are Thoughtful
Slow fashion carries an old-school charm simply because of the time and thought that goes into it. Every action and movement intends to create a celebrated piece that can justify the artisan’s skills and abilities. As a result, the final products are a celebration of love and care, which mass-manufactured goods can never replicate.
They Carry History
Every artisanal product undergoes transformation through love and passion, which adds a story and personality to it. You can dial back this past even further to commemorate the number of hours, the patience, and the effort the maker has put into perfecting the craft. Plus, depending on the craft, it can be a throwback to the past if it already has a rich history.
For instance, the Caña Flecha handicraft in Desisano's products dates back to the pre-Columbian era. In essence, the handwoven ethnic trim allows you to carry a piece of history with every Desisano product!
They are Timeless
While we are on the subject of history, it is also worth mentioning that handcrafted leather goods and other artisanal items are eternal. They will always be in trend, either as timeless classics or quirky designs. The sheer fact that the art has withstood the eroding nature of time is a testament to the beauty of the craft. Plus, since the products are made with love and care, they are also built to last you a long time!
Each Piece is Unique
Quite true to its name, handmade products are made purely through skilful labour. While it may undergo some machining, it is still subject to minor differences that impart uniqueness to each product. Since they are also produced in small quantities, each item purchase is irreplaceable and unique.
They Keep Craftsmanship Alive
The beauty of handcrafted leather goods rests in the fact that it supports indigenous craftsmanship. They support someone’s skills and talents and encourage them to pursue the same. Its popularity will also motivate forthcoming generations to explore the world of handcrafted leather goods.
Their Beauty Lies in Authenticity
Handmade goods are a product of real people possessing real skills. Similarly, it supports local brands that are sold by small businesses and run by hardworking people. This idea lends authenticity to the products and makes them all the more beautiful. Plus, it stimulates the local economy, which will have a far-reaching impact on individuals across the society than corporate overlords.
When one thinks of beauty, we largely focus on its superficial aspects. But as you can see, handmade and artisanal handicrafts are a culmination of beauty in various other special ways.