These Hands

May 24, 2016

These Hands

Whether or not buying handmade products is a conscious decision, most people like the idea of owning a beautiful handmade object or, rather, knowing that an object they love was handmade. Why is that? 
Maybe because buying handmade means buying from craftspeople who love making their products and put a lot of hard work into it, and it shows. 
All materials are hand-picked by the artisan him/herself, and every detail of the design has been thought through. Why this leather, this buckle, that thread? It's about the vision, not about producing the cheapest item possible. As a result, handmade products are high-quality products that last a lifetime --quite possibly a few lifetimes. 
Unlike machine-made goods, handmade items often have unique differences that add to their character. For example, a craftsman will always be able to tell which of his colleagues produced a particular item because everyone has their own way of working, almost like a signature, and the maker's personality shows up in what he/she produces. This gives you a kind of connection to the artisan who produced your item, and you almost find yourself admiring the craftsmanship and beauty of the item even more because of it. 
Whether we're talking about carpenters, ceramicists, glass blowers, gold or leather smiths, the artistry and skills of these people are part of age old traditions that have been passed on from master to apprentice, from generation to generation. The fact that these traditions still exist in a fast-paced, ever-changing world is something that simply can't fail to impress. 


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