"Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. "
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
Handicrafts are decorative objects that are made by hand using simple tools. These objects look beautiful because of the artistic touch to it.
Whether you want to decorate the interiors of your home or give a gift to someone, there couldn’t be anything better than handicrafts.
However, just like any other item, handicrafts come in varieties. To get the best of it, you have to do a little bit of research before buying it.
Here are the best tips to buy the right handicrafts for your home
Decide Space For The Handicraft
The place where you’re going to put the object in your home helps you decide the size of it. Go around your house once or twice and think about where you would like to keep the handicraft. Is it at the entrance or on the shelf or near the tv?
Deciding the place for handicraft will not only help you buy it according to the size but also with the quality of the product. As you can choose whether to buy a delicate item made of glass or something solid made of wood.
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Before making any purchase, it’s always vital to decide the budget. You can save yourself from overspending and make better buying decisions. Most of the people think that handicrafts come at a low price because they’re hand made. However, the cost of the handicraft depends on the material that is used and the expertise of the artist.
That’s why make sure to decide the budget first and then make the purchase accordingly. It’s more like buying a Ganesh idol for Ganesh Chaturthi. It could be made of anything like clay, plaster, or using imported materials. No matter what kind you buy, you have to buy it within your budget.
Type of Handicraft
Decide the type of handicraft that you would like to buy. The texture, style, weight, and size makes a lot of difference. See if you want an object that you can hang or just want to place it somewhere in your house.
It’s essential to figure out the material with which the handicraft is made to know if you want something made of clay, cloth, glass, or wood.
Research About The Handicraft
Handicraft things are made differently in different regions of India or the world. Knowing what kind of handicraft you want would help you with making the purchase.
For example, Rajasthan is famous for Kundan and Meenakari, Handmade Paper, Precious Stones, Marble Handicrafts, and Leather Craft, among others. Similarly, it’s different for every city of India.
Here’s the list of handicrafts in India you may consider buying
- Bamboo Handicrafts
- Saris and Silk
- Brass Handicrafts
- Carpet Weaving
- Pashmina Shawls
So, it’s important to research about the handicraft that you would like to buy. You can either do it online or visit the arts and crafts store near you.
To Buy Online or Offline
Now that you know your budget, the type of product you want to buy, and the space for it in your house. It’s time to think whether you would like to buy it online or offline.
For offline purchase, visit the nearby handicraft stores and find the best price. Don’t buy it from one vendor as you could buy it at a lower price from another vendor. The best thing about purchasing it offline is that you can check the quality of the product right there. Also, you don’t have to wait for the delivery.
For online purchase, there are various websites that sell unique handicrafts. You can also buy it from a multitude of sellers on Amazon or Flipkart. Keep a few things in mind, the reputation of the seller, product reviews, and the originality of the product.
Additionally, you can also check an item at an offline store and then buy it online if it is available at a cheaper rate.
To conclude, these are the basic things you should take into consideration when shopping for a handicraft. Wait no more to give your house a different look altogether or astonish someone with a unique gift.