In a world filled with mass-produced goods and fast-paced consumerism, there is a growing appreciation for the unique charm and authenticity of handmade products. From intricate textiles to beautifully crafted accessories, supporting handcrafted items not only enriches our lives aesthetically but also has far-reaching positive impacts on society, culture, artisans, crafts, the environment, and the formation of human bonds.
Artisans and Craftsmanship: Handmade products are the epitome of artistry and skill. Artisans pour their hearts and souls into their creations, utilizing traditional techniques that have been passed down through generations. By purchasing handmade goods, we support these artisans, their livelihoods, and the preservation of valuable cultural heritage. Each handmade item tells a story, reflecting the rich tapestry of human creativity and craftsmanship.
Society and Culture: Supporting handmade products promotes cultural diversity and fosters a sense of community. Artisans often draw inspiration from their local traditions, incorporating unique elements of their heritage into their work. By purchasing these products, we encourage cultural exchange and the preservation of indigenous techniques. Furthermore, handmade goods often carry cultural symbolism, allowing us to connect with and appreciate different traditions from around the world.
Environmental Impact: The production of mass-produced items often takes a heavy toll on the environment, with large-scale factories emitting greenhouse gases and generating significant waste. Handmade products, on the other hand, are typically crafted with sustainable materials and produced using eco-friendly methods. Artisans often prioritize ethical sourcing and employ techniques that minimize waste. By choosing handmade, we reduce our ecological footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Human Connections and Bonding: In a world that sometimes feels disconnected, embracing handmade products allows us to forge meaningful connections. When we purchase a handmade item, we connect not only with the artisan but also with the history, culture, and traditions associated with it. Handmade products are a testament to the human touch and the time, effort, and love that goes into creating them. By cherishing these items, we celebrate the value of human connection and the appreciation of art in our lives.
Knowing Few of the Hand Techniques We Employ at Miho:
Knitting, Crochet, and Stitching:
Among the myriad of hand techniques, knitting, crochet, and stitching hold a special place. These crafts require patience, dexterity, and meticulous attention to detail. Knitting, for instance, allows artisans to create warm and cozy garments, while crochet lends itself to the creation of intricate patterns and delicate accessories. Stitching, on the other hand, brings together pieces of fabric to form beautiful and functional items. These techniques have been honed over centuries by every household in India and continue to be treasured for their versatility and the artistic possibilities they offer.
How We Employ Artisans at Miho:
Empowering Women through NGOs:
At Miho, we recognize the importance of supporting artisans, especially women, who often face socio-economic challenges. We work closely with NGOs that provide training and earning opportunities to women in various hand techniques such as knitting, crochet, and stitching. Through these collaborations, we aim to empower women by equipping them with valuable skills and enabling them to earn a sustainable income.
Enabling Artisans to Work from their Homes:
A lot of artisans are settled in small clusters in small villages, and find it difficult to move to cities and earn a sustainable living. This is one of the reasons why crafts declined rapidly in the past decades. We allow people to work from their hometowns and provide them with required training. This has not only empowered housewives to set up and take charge of their skill but also enabled men to practice agriculture, or family business but still be able to continue to do something they learned from their ancestors and admire.
We hope to provide them with enough financial stability that encourages their kids to learn the craft and express through their gift of skill!
By purchasing from our website, you directly contribute to these initiatives and support the advancement of women's rights and economic empowerment.
Supporting handmade products is not merely an act of purchasing; it is a celebration of artistry, sustainability, and human connections. By choosing handmade, we enrich our lives with unique and meaningful items while supporting artisans, preserving cultural heritage, and fostering a sense of community.
Let us embrace the beauty and value of handmade products, and through our choices, contribute to a more sustainable and interconnected world.
References and Informative Websites:
"Handmade Products: Empirical Research on Consumers' Perception" by Michela Addis, Paolo Ciancarini, and Carla Maria Meda.
"Handmade in Italy: An Economic Inquiry" by Carlo Cambini, Chiara Franzoni, and Stefano Vecchione.
"Craft in an Age of Mass Production: The Relationship Between Craft and Design in Contemporary Society" by Helene Illeris.