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More and more people find their vocation in making and selling handicrafts. That’s why we’ll explain here what handicrafts are and give you some tips if you’re thinking of making them a source of income. In times of crisis, many people are looking for alternatives to maintain their families or supplement their monthly income. There is a growing wave of interest in handicrafts and we can see more and more tutorials, videos and television programs that aim to teach the art of handicrafts.

The professional who produces the handicraft pieces is called an artisan, a profession that has recently been regulated in law here in Brazil, since 2015. The law seeks to encourage the country’s artisans, since they are an important source of income and incentive for tourism. With this, this professional is now protected by law and is entitled to several benefits that many other workers in other spheres already had, such as sick pay and retirement. Of course, for this to happen, the craftsman needs to fulfill his duties and pay taxes, following the rules set out in the law.

Handicraft is a craft technique used to produce items made from natural raw materials. All handmade works are considered handicrafts, and more than 80% of them are the result of the craftsman’s own transformation of this raw material. But do you know where handicrafts come from? An interesting fact about handicrafts is that the product often reflects the craftsman’s relationship with his environment and his culture. The craftsman is considered an artist because his products are true works of art.

How did handicrafts come about – History indicates that handicrafts emerged in Prehistory, more precisely in the Neolithic period (6000 B.C.). It was in this period that man learned to polish stone, make pottery, weave animal and vegetable fibers, etc.. It was from the need to produce everyday items for their survival; or even from the creation of some adornments, that they began to express their creative and productive capacity as a form of work. The people of that time used the items they made by hand to hunt, to make clothes, and even small statues and paintings. The work had a family character, often all the members sewed, cut, polished, or produced the pieces together. It started as a way to produce products for the family’s survival; but as the years went by it became a form of support and income.

The Industrial Revolution – After the Industrial Revolution, which began in England during the 1760s, craftsmanship was strongly devalued. This form of work ceased to be so important, since in this capitalist period work was divided up by placing certain people to perform specific functions. These people started to work inside factories and for this reason no longer participate in the whole process of family manufacturing. Furthermore, the remaining artisans were subjected to terrible working conditions and low pay. Since they had to compete with an industrial production market. Much faster than the time it took the craftsman to assemble their pieces. But fortunately, handcrafts are now valued again and have great prestige in society; they still use natural elements in their pieces and can be found in any region of the world. Craftsmanship manifests itself in many ways, which is why it is one of the most essential parts for the valorization of a culture.


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