Superior craftsmanship and artisan work is rising in demand and popularity globally. It aims to preserve cultures and extend tradition to other parts of the world. Artisan work aims to appropriate the roots that each handmade and handcrafted work represents, thus building a worldwide trend around a lifestyle and unique and one-of-a-kind piece of work.
The artisanal and homemade jewelry accessories trend is experienced today globally across a diverse number of countries. This trend has gained vast importance in recent years, marking its role and importance in different fashion events that take place worldwide. Technological advances have gravely affected this trend, since it grants other brands the opportunity for mass production. This mass production is created in bulk and at lower prices often sold at and to well-established and large corporations. In turn, this often causes artisans and their work to be overlooked in the marketplace. Despite these challenges and obstacles, for years there have been strong advocates for these artisans including places, companies and brand ambassadors that have recognized the superior craftsmanship and artisanal work and given it the appreciation and attention it merits.
Artisanal and handmade accessories are considered a strong category for the development and advancement of the economy for different regions and countries. This implies technical, productive, commercial, cultural and social advancements that with the passing of time has generated employment opportunities and an income to diverse craftsmen around the world. This craftsmanship also contributes to growing tourism and cultural commerce. This exposure and admiration for handmade and well-crafted work is what has granted these artisans to gain notoriety for their dedicated work and therefore turning their work into a global trend.
The biggest and most noteworthy designers have given this artisan and handmade trend the opportunity to succeed and exist, now becoming a staple of the everyday woman’s wardrobe: necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings all handmade. In some parts of the world these artisans are not valued or given the credit they deserve. In recent years, handcrafts and artisanal work has taken on greater value in society particularly because of its dedication, delicacy, time and patience that each of these well-crafted pieces involves. All of these factors have made most people value what is done by hand and one of the reasons why it has become an emerging and popular trend.
Handcrafted and artisanal trends are mostly promoted by other women since it is the population that buys and uses these accessories the most. These consumers and target market is vitally important to obtain unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. These products and pieces are most commonly found at artisanal sales points including boutiques, e-commerce sites, concept stores etc. This is where you can get a perfect combination between a bracelet and a necklace which have been crafted by hand and with unique materials and resources. Other demographics including men are not left out of the artisanal and homemade trend, the trend has gained so much notoriety and buzz that men have begun to invest more concurrently in different homemade and craft products creating their own artisanal trend by increasing production in the number of male accessories, among them, bracelets and necklaces being the most popular.
In some countries, especially in Europe, the added value that the population gives to each artisan design is fascinating and insightful and because of this there has been a continued search for different cultures to inspire artisan work and for the production of handmade accessories and to ultimately keep the trend alive. Latin America has always been in the sights of Western nations since it has cultural diversity from which one can develop ideas and designs for the elaboration of new and innovative products. Artisanal trends have led countries like Colombia to increase their production and export of different accessories. In recent years, Colombian culture and roots has been seen in a wide range of accessories sold in different countries including the United States.
The objective is to continue to grow these artisan’s work and to continue with the craft trends. The goal is to include handmade products in people’s wardrobe such as bracelets, necklaces or rings to make these trends transcend time and to continue supporting the different local or international fashion events and fairs. At these events, the beauty and authenticity of the handmade accessories are exposed to the general public for purchase and wear. Lastly, it is important to not forget the important value that comes with the production of the well-crafted, beautiful, and artisanal accessories. It will always be satisfactory to carry an accessory (rings, bracelet, necklace and earrings) made with the hands of great artists such as talented craftsmen.