The Handmade- Narrator of Silent Tales
Creating pieces by hand evokes joy and wonder—we exclaim at the extraordinary simplicity and complexity interwoven in crafts that are “handmade”. In our living spaces, be they homes or offices, anything handmade tends to become the focal point of wonder and pleasure. What makes the handmade so evocative of natural elegance? The personal touch of a human being becomes material and adds the artisan’s life and warmth to a handmade piece. Bamboo blinds remind us of the search for the right bamboo in wild, tropical forests; jute rugs are woven with a natural, sturdy grass grown and handcrafted to beauty; hand embroidery—the craft of centuries of passed down tradition; furniture—crafted from logs of wood into usable, artistic pieces is also the story of custom and skill of generations of carpenters. And only these hand-crafted things become heirlooms for the future. The handmade is not only beautiful, it is also the preservation and perseverance of community over industry. It is the story of people, for people and it is also the beacon of resilient, elegant art. The “handmade” is an irreplaceable and timeless story-teller of people’s histories.
Words: Sugandha Das
Images: Shivani Dogra
Banner Image- work on a summer Kimono: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne