Posted on Wednesday, December 14 2016 02:07:00 AM in Blog by Ipsita Dasgupta
(The single-most important belief that we hold at Rusticity is our faith in the handcrafted. Our products are all made by traditional artisans from remote, rural parts of India who have been skilled in the art of handcrafting, and thus, every item we display has its own story to tell – of the artisan’s hands working meticulously and with unparalleled concentration to carve the perfect intricacy for your living room. We believe that anything made with a love and passion as great as that of our artisans is an invaluable addition to the modern home.)
“That's the thing with handmade items. They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone.”
- made by hand, not by machine, and typically therefore of superior quality.
Handmade is composed of two words, hand and made. Hand symbolises an essential part of the body. Specifically, it is the hand with which humans satisfies their basic needs for survival. After understanding the functionality of the word hand, the importance of the other part of the word -”made” is excavated out. The above sentence depicts the relation between hand and its materialistic purpose. The word “purpose” in the above sentence projects the importance of the other half of the word, that is, “made”. In view of the above sentence, a stance can be taken in favour of hand acting as an agent for human survival. Delving deep into the intensity of the word “handmade”, the output produced by humans through their hand, attaches value and weightage to the word hand. Countering this, it can be considered as an enhancement of their individuality.
Good performance brings glory to an individual. Herein lays the true essence of the word handmade. This is owing to the performance of good actions. More specifically, it is the hand, through which an individual performs the actions and achieves praises.
The present age is the age of machines. With the passage of time and advancement of civilisation, machines have assumed wide ranging varieties. Handmade products seem to lose its significance in the hustle and bustles produced by the machines. Conjoining both the sentences, a contradiction can be developed between “machines” and the hard labour produced by “hand”. Countering this contradiction, performing action through hands results in the achievement of desirable as well as positive results. On the contrary, machines might produce large quantity of goods; however, it lacks the individual touch. Furthermore, machines save a lot of time, which enables an individual to achieve successful completion of all the necessary tasks. It is the human tendency to believe that until and unless a product receives a human touch, it will not be a refined quality product. However, the rapid advancement of machinery in the present age contradicts the humanly touch. The above sentence reflects the essential ingredient of the term handmade, that is, humanly touch.
The true essence of the word handmade lies in the collaborative attempt produced by the rural people. It is the handmade products, which adds to the personality of the rural people. Fairs are the typical example of this fact. Further, it is the handmade products, which influence the specific tastes and preferences of the urban people. This influence results in the purchase of the handmade products. The purchase in the above sentence results in the social upliftment of these rural people. From the above sentences, stance can be taken in favour of handmade products paving the way of transformation in the plight of the rural people.
Handicrafts or hand made products can be linked to cultural heritage of India. When foreigners come to visit India, it is the handicrafts, which lure their attention. This attraction adds to the significance of handmade products. The foreigners only purchase the handicrafts but fail to understand the hard labour that the craftsmen give to create these masterpieces. It is the small intricacies, which make the handicrafts a masterpiece. These intricacies contradicts the honking noise of the machines. The above sentences attach value to the hardwork produced by the craftsmen. Countering this sentence, the hustles and bustles of the machines seems to fall silent in comparison to the hard earned labour of the craftsmen.
Regarding the beauty of the handmade products, words fall short. As a matter of specification, it is the hard perseverance, dedication and passion of the craftsmen, which make the handmade products beautiful. We can take the example of Rajasthani handicrafts. These handicrafts reflect the culture of Rajasthan. Handicrafts portraying men singing, playing flute, women dancing can be linked to the struggle of the people towards the preservation of their cultural heritage. Singing and dancing provide these people an escape from their monotonous chores. The attitude of the Rajasthani people towards the means of singing and dancing is reflected in the handmade products. Countering the above sentences, the creation of the handmade products merges their attitude towards the fulfilment of the basic needs. Conjunction of these sentences, takes us back to the section of the article, which sheds light on the social upliftment of the craftsmen. This reference enlivens the importance of handmade products. The above sentence arises a ray of hope in terms of the handmade products, which is a necessity in the present age of machines.
The handmade products are the only means, which might preserve the cultural heritage of India. This sentence does not negate the importance of machines, rather questions its existence. From other perspectives, machines are a necessity, which enables the labourers to complete several tasks in less time. These sentences question the existence of machines. The positive side of this interplay with existence is the hope of bringing back the heritage of India, handicrafts.
Too much overcooking spoils the taste of the dishes. Similarly, too much interplay with handmade products might lose the essence of the word “handmade”. Countering the sentence, “interplay” can also be related to the process of discovering the hidden talents of the craftsmen. This discovery might restore the lost treasure, that is, handmade products. Further, “discovery” might lead to the invention of specific talents, which holds the flexibility to maintain and preserve the inner value of the term handmade.
Through this article, an attempt has been made to delve deep into the inner meaning of the word handmade. The word humanly touch adds weightage to the above sentence. Further, the interplay with the existence of machines establishes a contradiction in terms of safeguarding the rights of the rural people regarding their social upliftment. This is only possible if the government undertake meaningful initiatives by organising handicrafts fairs and competition of this kind. This motive would pave the way for their social upgradation and provide them an opportunity to exist with their head held high. Further, it would add to their individuality, which nullifies the adjective “marginalised from their existence.