Our emerging technology will one day free us from manual labor, with 3-D printing and industrial robots posing us this question - is there any future left for handmade manufacturing?
There is. What lacks beneath the shells of these machines is the spontaneity and creativity which come from the maker's mind. The fine-tuned control from a skilled artisan may be easy to replicate, however, the thoughtfulness and beautiful variations from the handmade process are not. It's the human touch that makes each item organic and one-of-a-kind.
In this issue, we pay homage to four crafts that have been growing and evolving for hundreds of years within their motherland - embroidery from Pakistan, weaving from Guatemala, indigo dying from China, and drawing from India. These crafts have found their way into modern-day living in their (almost) primitive forms, blending in perfectly with everyday objects. The marks from their makers' ancestors are still shining through, like treasures that have been sealed in a time capsule.