The value of handicrafts

We have become habitual consumers in this globalized around-the-clock marketplace. Encouraged by persistent advertising, we are always searching for the next thrill to make us feel fulfilled. And as fast as possible. Yet, we rarely reflect on the impact of our purchases on a bigger scale.

A product with a story behind is always more interesting than a generic item anyone could pick up at conventional store. 

The negative impact of industrialization

In the modern world mainly due to industrialization these age-old handicraft traditions have been replaced by mass production and fast fashion trends. When buying mass production from the big companies it is crucial to know that every money spent is connected to a long chain of commerce, stretched over seas and in different continents. And the longer the stretch, the smaller the distribution of value of the item purchased. For example a dress purchased for 100 € only provides a mere minimum for the person who actually made it in a factory somewhere in the developing countries. Not to even mention about the environmental effect that is related to mass consumerism. Our spending habits are one of the most powerful ways we can express our values and priorities.

Culture and tradition is preserved in handicrafts

Handicrafts and artisanal handmade textiles and garments are one major representative of our culture and tradition. They preserve rich traditional art, heritage and culture, traditional skills and talents which are associated with people’s lifestyle and history. Handicrafts promote the heritage of a country through the use of indigenous, raw materials and techniques, and it preserves traditional knowledge and talents from generation to generation. Because some of the crafts preserve ancient traditions, understanding the method of production can provide us with insight into the past. This can be vital in understanding the history of a certain culture and deciphering archeological findings.

Handmade items such as clothes, rugs, jewellery and ceramics tell a story. They all represent the identity of the person or people who made it, and are a sneak peak into their lives, stories and values. They are also a source of pride of character and of rich traditions. 


Arts and crafts support learning

Through arts and craft, children learn to value and appreciate artifacts and images across cultures and times. Experience in design, art, and crafts enable them to reflect critically on their own work and those by others. They learn to act and think like designers and artists, working intelligently and creatively.

The economical value of handicrafts

Handicrafts are important also in terms of economic development. They provide opportunities for employment even with low capital investments and become a prominent medium for foreign earnings through the global market. The importance of handicrafts during the past years has grown due to their cultural and financial values. The small scale industries – including handicrafts can play a major role in the development of the economy of both developed and the developing countries equally. 

The 90-95% of the total industrial products of the world are produced in small workshops run by less than 100 people. For instance, Japan, which is at the peak of economic development, has considered 84% of its industries as small and medium scale industries. In countries such as India and China, handicrafts are as high as the mechanized products in quality and volume, and are a major source of their foreign earnings. These countries are focusing on the development of the handicraft industry, in order to strengthen the economy.


What is macrame?

Macrame is an old form of crafting technique or method that uses knots to form the basic shape and function of a textile. Macrame is an ideally practical way to produce nearly anything from plant hangers to clothes using just hands, rope, and some necessary supplies.

For something to be considered particularly ‘macrame’ it should incorporate at least one macrame knot. In most cases, macrame projects are put together with several knots. Macrame differentiates from weaving, knitting or courgette as it is done without equipment. Each knot can be produced only by hands.


The history of macrame 

Macrame was brought west originally from Arabic countries in the 13th century. Traditional weavers used various knotting techniques to finish the edges of woven tapestries, rugs, and shawls with fringe. As these textiles were distributed throughout Europe, it became more popular amongst more people as they began to experiment with knotting. 

Macrame was also used for other practical purposes, and for example sailors would knot, not only sails, but also for staying engaged and out of boredom during long sails. Sailors ultimately helped this art form spread throughout Europe. They would trade and sell the macrame handicrafts that they had made on the boat when they entered new ports and became merchants.

Eventually Victorians were knotting macrame textiles during the 18th and 19th centuries until the Industrial Revolution replaced the old method with sewing machines. The hand-knotting became more popular again only in the late '60s and '70s but was quickly out of fashion in the 1980s. However, macrame has come into fashion again and is gaining its popularity in different ways than before. In the era of digitalization and social media artisans around the world are representing their creations in the most innovative and gifted ways.

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."

- Leo Tolstoy

Macramé choker necklace - BAUNEI
Stylish and delicate macramé choker necklace for a boho summer style. This unique tribal style jewelry choker works as an interesting centrepiece or a trendy collar. It is made out of knots, and decorated with exquisite pattern in the center, and is one of a kind. It is made by hand from recycled delicate cotton cord that feels soft on the skin.When one thinks of a choker necklace one often thinks about the black satin type decorated with stones such as agate, lapis lazuli, amethyst, rose quartz, turquoise or labradorite. But this amazing choker falls into another category.There is multiple variations to play with this extraordinary macramé choker. For a sensual celebration wear on a bare skin (free the nipple!) or accompany your sassiest lingerie or beachwear. You can also include this craft as an addition to a casual look with a pair of jeans and a jersey shirt!Rock it with style! With this dauntless necklace you can recreate any bohemian style on point! Test the endless possibilities to create your charm! Flatters any figure. This unique piece is easily adjustable and multi function.To close the accessory just wrap a basic loop knot behind your neck from the ending of the finely decorated straps, and make sure to tighten the string on a necessary position and level. Every knot has been knotted with love and an intention using only sustainable and natural materials. This results a happy product, and happier deals!There is no need to wash your new wearable art piece but if you need to you can check out the step by step instructions of how to take care of your small macramé jewelry from here.You can buy more handmade wearable art and other woven products in different colours online from here or on etsy shop. Necklaces are a perfect gift idea for any occasion! You can find a diy tutorial on youtube for making your own macrame piece. But if you feel like it is too much of an effort; I am happy to help! ;) Reach out for personalized and flexible custom made beaded designs with a healing crystal or any gemstone of your choice (I love a feminine Moonstone and a Tiger eye) as a pendant, glass, pearl, brass, silver, bead or any other beads, ads, different colors or features that your soul might desire.  You find me at [email protected] or by filling out a contact form on this site.Find similar items from the same brand here.  MeasurementsWidth: 17 cmLength: 51 cmColorOff whiteMaterials100 % recycled cotton


Tribal style long macrame necklace - MAYA
This tribal style long macrame necklace from natural soft cotton has extraordinary patterns and is one of a kind. It has a long fringe that covers the whole chest area. This piece can be used in various occasions such as festivals, parties, or any casual events where you are looking for some extra spice to your outfit. Create a beautiful goddess look by adding this piece to your boho nymphet look. Mix it with your favorite clothing.The jewelry is easy to close. Just tie it up behind your back. The straps are detailed with beautiful and eligible art in the ends of them. You can also easily was your cotton macramé necklace. Read more from here. Shop more necklaces here. This clothing looks very nice with a crystal gemstone like an obsidian as a pendant in the middle as a healing set. Embrace your natural beauty - fits for every body and size.MeasurementsLength 99 cmWidth 24 cm ColourLight mint greenMaterial100 % recycled cotton yarnsFind us also on etsy and see other of our related products or get some more ideas in our shop by staying on this page :).


Macramé goddess top - POETTO
Exceptional macramé goddess top with long fringe and beautifully detailed macrame patterns. The shape of the macrame top flatters any figure by bringing the focus on the décolletage because of its beautifully garnished details that work as an eye-catcher. The boho dress is perfect for the gorgeous goddess look at festivals, parties, or even weddings! The top is utterly combinatorial so feel free to try out the wildest combos that you can imagine!This dazzling goddess dress is easy to wear too; it is a halterneck style top that can be tied from behind your neck and your back with simple knots or bows. The straps are finished with style and are appealing to the eye. For cleaning and maintaining your top read more here.The top is produced from 100 % recycled white cotton ropes that are immensely soft and pleasant on the skin. It is handcrafted consciously and sustainably in respect of nature following zero waste guidelines.MeasurementsSize MBust width: 43 cmBust length: 28 cmBust around up to: 96 cmLength: 91 cmColourWhiteMaterial100 % recycled cotton


Boho macrame maxi necklace - CAGLIARI
Boho macrame maxi necklace is made from recycled cotton yarns and is handcrafted with love and intention, knot by knot. Boho style sophisticated macrame necklace is a perfect addition for elevating any outfit to a new level. Create a unique flower child look by combining this artistic piece with your favourite summer outfit or wear as an add on with any other bohemian festival wear.This boho necklace covers the whole chest area with a beautiful V-shaped pattern, and it has long tassels in the front to dance with. Tie the two strings behind your back on a knot or a bow.  You can also was your macrame piece despite the delicate look and the semi precious stones used for finishing the straps. Read more here.MeasurementsWidth: 36 cmLength: 45 cmColourCreamMaterial100 % recycled cotton


Fringed macrame top - CALA LUNA
Exclusive personal fringed macramé top with cosmetic ornamental hitch knot details. This tassel top is combining arts, design and comfort, and it brings the summer holiday wear to the next level! Wear the handmade dress on the top of a bikini or a bra with a sheer vest to pimp up your swimwear. Or even wear at an alternative boho wedding, and you will definitely not blend in with a wall. This unique top goes also well as a bohemian festival outfit at the famous Burning Man robot heart rave or at Coachella festival in Canada for example! Or why not in Kit Kat Club in Berlin!Allow the fringe to sway in the wind when you dance with it! This one of a kind clothing separates you from the masses and is definitely a different thing than wearing a regular 'curtain' on such as a tank top or a t-shirt. Start a new trend and select The straps are finished with beautiful patterns giving the top a nice edgy twist. They are made from the cut fringe string following 'the zero waste' mentality.All the tops are handmade by 100 % recycled cotton fiber yarn that are ultimately soft like silk and enjoyable on the skin. The tops have been made in one go which means no sewing has been applied in the making. All the TAIKA products are ecological and sustainable with a low carbon footprint, and there has been no chemicals used during the processing of the cotton yarns. Your macrame product is also washable, but in case there is no visible dirt, just air it out to save water. You can read more about that in the guide. Requests for personalized preferences and custom made client orders are possible. Let us know which features you would like to add on the table and let's learn together about the services, price and color. Some useful tips; if you are not a big fan of the long swaying fringe you can crop it as you like by cutting the excess length off and make it a cropped version that shows your more skin. At online shop you will find lots of more options to select from such as long hanging necklaces, veils, and earrings and other beautiful things in other colors and sizes. Some mixed with feathers and crystals too.  Search here to complete your beginners boho vintage style set with an item that matches your style. TAIKA designs are unique handmade pieces, not just any intermediate square stuff like big corporates such as Walmart etc sell. ;)Subscribe TAIKA on YouTube! Join the sustainable movement!More about returns policy here.MeasurementsSize SBust width: 37 cmBust length: 21 cmBust around up to: 128 cmLength: 93 cmColourOff whiteMaterial100 % recycled cotton


Bohemian long macrame necklace with tassels - OMEDEO
A bohemian style long macrame necklace with tassels is handmade from 100 % recycled light mint green cotton yarns. The necklace is definitely not simple, but is detailed with exquisite tribal style patterns and it has a little heart shaped detail in the front and a long swaying fringe to play and dance with. The recycled cotton rope feels extremely soft and delicate on the skin.This tribal style macrame jewellery is multifunctional and finishes any bohemian style. It is easy to use and combine as you can wear it even on top of a summer t-shirt to spice it up! For a chic boho beach look wear the macrame piece with your favourite festival outfit or a bikini top. For more  sensual style wear it on a bare skin with your most daring lingerie. This unique necklace is a statement in itself.The necklace has two braided straps that are uniquely decorated to finish up the design, and they can be tied behind your neck with a simple knot or a bow.The material has been collected and processed without any preservatives and no dyes or water has been used during the manufacturing process. Despite its delicate appearance you can wash your product.For a personalized and unique custom made gift idea contact me at [email protected] or via contact form.MeasurementsWidth: 33 cmLength: 89 cmColourMint greenMaterial100 % recycled cotton


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