As Mark Twain said, “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and the great grandmother of tradition.” India has a lot more to offer the world than anyone has ever imagined, and handicrafts are undeniably an integral part of its unique offerings. Every handicraft item has its own story and reflects a particular culture of a distinct place or community.
Everyone apprehends the fact that with increased globalization, products are becoming more and more commoditized. This has compelled the artisans to fold their sleeves to compete with the goods that invade the Indian market recklessly. But do you know that our handicrafts are way better than foreign goods and have a considerably longer life span as well? If the answer is no, then here is some information for you.
An astounding variety of bliss
Handicrafts have a bewildering range of products and a diversified variety of goods and products fall under the umbrella of handicrafts. Starting from the Pashmina shawls that are beautiful enough to make you look regal and the intricate woodwork that looks stunning to the pottery, leather, jute and shell industry everything depicts a unique story of its own.
There are these brass and bamboo handicrafts along with the carpet weaving techniques that will make your mandible drop. But nowadays our artisans and craftsmen are losing their individuality, and the heritage of handicrafts is declining rapidly. This makes it quite important to know the importance of handicrafts bad their advantage over contemporary goods.
Why handicrafts over the new age goods?
There is a multitude of reasons for which handicrafts can be considered as an advantage over the new-age goods. These are enlisted below:
- Unlike the plastic or most of the other artificial products that are easily deformable and don’t last for your entire life in your home, wooden handicrafts are quite durable and will last for a comparatively long duration.
- The raw materials used in making wooden handicrafts like toys are completely natural, and so you don’t need to worry about your little kid swallowing the toy or munching in any sort of harmful chemicals in his mouth.
- You can take the case of Pashmina and Phulkari works that take no harmful substances in their manufacture process and are quite safe to wear in every occasion. But on the other hand wearable like Nylon can be quite harmful if they catch fire and can cause serious damage to the skin as well.
- Handicrafts are generally hand-woven or made in a process that involves the indulging of no harmful chemicals and no toxic effusions. This is a great initiative for nature as making plastic commodities involve a lot of environmental damage.
Though the process is a bit high for handcrafted products, it is worth investing in because the labor and skill are unmatched. Besides that, if you buy from our industry rather than relying on costly brands that can burn a hole in your pocket, then you would be promoting employment and awareness for our products. So have you bought one for yourself yet?
The concluding line
You can spot several countries all across the globe that have recognized craft therapy as a stress buster. We live in a concrete jungle and to outsmart our worries and survive in a distinct health field, getting close to nature can be a great way. Handicrafts are something that is woven with love and care and come straight out of nature’s laps. Switch to handicraft and take your mind off all the plights and negative thoughts that surround you with the plastic commodities.