We all know that there are great benefits to buying handcrafted. Whether we’re buying from local artisans and crafters, or supporting a handmae artist. Did you ever thought about exactly what are the advantage of buying handcrafted, and who gets what out of the transaction?
There are of course the benefits for you as the purchaser, and to the maker as the business owner. But there are more far-reaching benefits in buying, using and making handcrafted products.
1. THESE PRODUCTS ARE ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY
Crafts are good for the environment. Most handcrafted products do not require factories or large-scale manufacturing facilities, but almost all are made in small workshops and crafts-shops, or the makeshift arrangement at people’s homes.
Handcrafted products are usually very localized, in the sense that one locality will be making one type of typical product. When you order from VeUniq you know that your product will come from which artists and that artist has skill and experience to craft that product!
2. EACH PIECE IS UNIQUE
Unlike mass-produced in factory products, you will find the uniqueness in each handcrafted product that makes the product and purchase truly individual. No one in the world will own exactly the same item, and it is absolutely unique!
Many of the handcrafted gift items you can find at VeUniq are custom-made, and you can personalize them to the way you want.
3. THESE PRODUCTS SUPPORT LOCAL ECONOMY
When you buy a handcrafted product from VeUniq, you are directly supporting a Indian artist or craftsmen. Even if it does not matter to you, the money you spent will stay in the India, which is very important.
In case you buy from an international company, the manufacturer or designer gets only a fraction of price you paid. However here the price you paid is going directly to the artisan and craftsmen who crafted the product you bought.
But this is not just about money. Every purchase gives artists, creators and craftsmen a confidence in their products, an opportunity to develop their skills, and the opportunity to reinvest funds in their business and continue to create great work of art.
4. HANDCRAFTED PRODUCTS LAST LONG
Do you remember the days when your parents bought something and you have been using that for a log time? Most of handcrafted products are durable, because they are made of materials that can withstand time. When you buy handcrafted, chances are that you are gonna keep them for a long years.
5. HANDCRAFTED IS TRENDY
Independent designers and craftsmen tend to enter the trends faster than big companies and freebies. As a small business, they have the ability to try and create unique works to see if it can arouse interest, spot trends and quickly create a series which exactly fits the trend.
It can easily take 12 months for a large retail company to launch a new product, while a small freelance designer is much more flexible.
6. EVERY HANDCRAFTED PRODUCT HAS A STORY
Every craft has its own story, and every craft shop and the person who created it needs to spend a lot of time and energy to create something unique, beautiful and made for you. At all stages of product development, each choice has a reason: why the gemstone chosen for your silver bracelet is a beautiful blue, or why your pearl color is a certain yellow.
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7. BUY HANDCRAFTED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTISANS & CRAFTSMEN
It couldn’t be easier, you can buy it directly from the person who made your handcrafted gift. If you have any questions about the product (materials, maintenance, color and size options), you will talk directly to the person who does it.
They thoroughly understand what they crafted and can provide you with the best advice. When you place an order at VeUniq, you send a notification directly to the craftsmen, and he will prepare your order: make products, personalize, and package beautifully (yes, creative people like beautiful boxes and send you their love complementary to the product you ordered.
8. BUYING HANDCRAFTED MAKES THE SKILLS AND TRADITION CONTINUE
This may be an social reason, but by supporting local artisans, you also support the craftsmanship they practice. By supporting traditional crafts such as silverware, clay craftsmen, glass artists, weavers, etc., we help them pass on their skills to the next generation and protect their craftsmanship.
9. BY BUYING HANDCRAFTED YOU SHOW THAT YOU CARE
When you buy a factory produced gift for your friend, it is likely that someone else also owns it. It can be beautiful or even expensive, but it doesn’t have to be unique.
By purchasing hand-crafted gifts, you show your friend that you have spent time researching what he/she likes and that you are giving her something that no one else would have.
10. REAL PEOPLE NOT MACHINES MAKE HANDCRAFTED
When you buy handcrafted gifts, you know that the creators are passionate about their craft, so every gift is full of love. Hand-crafted is always full of love, care and attention to detail to create something unique and valuable.
So next time you need a gift, new houseware or small decoration, consider buying it handcrafted.
You will receive unique products of higher quality. They support the life and craftsmanship of handcrafted business owners. In addition, you will retain the lost skills and make more environmentally friendly purchases.
Happy shopping for hand crafted!