11 Important Reasons to Buy Handmade Homewares

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Love the definitive character of handmade homewares? Here are 11 reasons to indulge that prejudice.

Handmade objects have a magic of their own. They connect us culturally across the globe, celebrate the art of craftsmanship and introduce diverse personality to our homes.

Handcrafted homewares can offer higher quality and distinctive cultural accents. Plus they celebrate humanity in all its diversity.

Here are 11 reasons to buy handmade. Are you a fan? Tell us in the comments below.

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The Atolyia Hand Loomed Goat Hair Kilim Rug, Grey is handwoven on traditional looms by skilled artisans. Atolyia has partnered with a local Anatolian university to keep the techniques authentic.

1. Buying handmade supports global artisans and helps build communities

Buying handmade supports time-honoured traditions of craftsmanship. Craftspeople around the globe are able to achieve financial independence through the sale of their wares.

This establishes a repeatable economic model that supports their lifestyles. This applies equally to local artisans who are seeking to establish themselves.

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Empirical Style Miner’s Cage Pendant Lights, designed and handmade in Australia. Image from theinteriorsaddict.com.

2. Handmade homewares create a connection with the planet that is grounding

Objects that are made by hand have a visceral connection to the real world and to real individuals. They connect and root us in the tangible world in a life-affirming way.

They have an authenticity that is grounding.

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Inartisan Hand Crafted Decorative Pomegranate, Copper, gently hammered using artisan techniques for textured charm.

3. Handmade products introduce unique patinas and textures to your décor

There is a deliciously tactile element to handmade goods. Slight variations and distinctive details are intrinsic to their make-up.

Handmade homewares celebrate the beauty of the imperfect. Turning a handmade piece over in your hands is a sensory experience. They introduce variety within your décor by contrasting the clean lines of machine-made pieces.

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Dash & Albert Brindle Hand-Knotted Designer Rug, hand loomed and hooked by skilled artisans in fair-labour and fair-trade workshops.

4. Handmade homewares allow you to be in charge of your own moral compass

Handmade goods generally offer greater transparency when it comes to their production. They recognise the value of local artisans and support human rights’ issues such as work conditions.

This allows you to support fair-work practices through your purchases.

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Krosno Silhouette Hollow Stem Flute, 170ml, handmade from fine quality glass in Poland.

  1. Buying handmade fosters sustainability

Handmade goods are typically created with awareness of their environmental impact. They take less energy to produce and contribute less fossil fuel erosion, chemical waste and pollution.

Many handmade crafts also use upcycled materials, repurposing the earth’s resources into new distinctive pieces.

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Inartisan Hand Crafted Hamam Bowl, Copper, handmade by skilled artisans in eastern Turkey where there’s a rich history of metalwork.

6. Handmade homewares embrace the process of craftsmanship

Handmade products encourage a higher appreciation for objects made with quality, time and care, and have a symbiotic relationship to cultural identity.

Buying handmade helps to prevent the demise of handicrafts and the loss of cultural heritage as well as creating a demand for continuing the education of those skills – so more jobs!

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Amigos de Hoy Hand Woven Petal Rug, Gold is hand loomed by skilled Indian artisans using traditional dhurrie techniques for high quality craftsmanship.

7. Handmade products introduce the richness of global culture to your home

Handcrafted homewares are steeped in their place of origin. Buying handmade celebrates the diversity of regional cultures, ideas and resources from around the world.

It gives you insight into far-flung cultures and communities that you may never have visited.

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Mr Greengrass Hive Pots and Tweed Pots handmade by skilled artisans in Vietnam for one-of-a-kind craftsmanship.

8. Handmade goods are one-of-a-kind

No two handmade objects are the same. Each piece is as unique as the person who created it. For this reason, a handmade object makes a great gift. It is truly special and distinct.

This uniqueness also allows buyers to express their style and personality through the pieces they choose for themselves.

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Traditional rugs such as this Atolyia Hand Loomed Goat Hair Striped Kilim Rug, Grey/White were worn by shepherds. Folklore says the goat hair would keep scorpions and snakes at bay.

9. Handmade goods have history

Handcrafted products tell a story, whether it’s about the maker, the material used or its place of origin. This narrative invests the item with greater value.

Knowing the history of an object increases one’s appreciation of it and introduces subtle nuances to your home.

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Cush & Co Moroccan Leather Pouf Cover, made from pure goat leather for a soft and supple feel, treated with natural oils to enhance the beauty and characteristics of the material. Handcrafted in Marrakech.

10. Handmade homewares promote the beauty of organic materials

Handmade products emphasise the raw materials used, showcasing for example the natural beauty of the yarn, timber and beaten metal.

They place importance on the earth’s resources, encouraging greater mindfulness in the way we use them.

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Rustic homewares, including the Cabra Jute Rug from Rug Culture and the Have You Met Miss Jones Mini Thin Dotty Vase, Triangle Mini Vase and Triangle Votive Vase, handcrafted in Vietnam.

11. Buying handmade rewards creativity and entrepreneurship

Independent producers of arts, crafts and homewares introduce a greater sense of individuality and diversity to the market. The fact that they are producing smaller quantities allows them to take greater risks and be more experimental in their designs.

Handcraftsmanship promotes self-expression and progressive thinking over the homogenisation of culture.

Do you have a favourite handcrafted piece? What is it and why does it speak to you?

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.