Handicrafts, which is also known as handmade arts and crafts, are a type of work whereby decorative and useful objects are created fully by hand or with the use of simple tools only. Traditionally, handmade arts and crafts were the major sector of trade. This could apply to a variety of design and creative activities that involve using one’s skill and hand to make things including working with paper or canvas, mold-able and rigid materials like clay, plant fibers instead of wood, textiles or leather, wood and many more.

Dhokra, one of the planet’s oldest handicraft, is a type of metal casting that has been in use in India for over four millenniums now(4,000 years). The term is commonly used to apply to traditional methods of creating items. In handicraft industries, things are produced by hands to meet the local people’s needs and machines are never involved.

Handcrafting has its background in traditional crafts of old civilizations and several certain crafts have been in practice for years. Most craftspeople use natural and even completely indigenous materials while some prefer the modern or up-cycle industrial materials. The individual craftsmanship of a handcrafted item is the key criteria; mass produced goods aren’t considered as handicrafts.

Handicrafts are both formally and informally included in the educational systems. They’re usually seen to grow the creative interests and skills of students, even towards a specific craft. Most crafts need the skill to be developed and to apply patience, but anyone can actually learn.

Handicraft output, just like folk art, usually has religious or/and cultural benefits and at times they might include a political message-this is called craftivism. Many crafts tend to become very popular for short periods of time, say a few months or years, then their popularity fades away slowly until a later time.