After writing about the film "Handmade Nation" I kept thinking about how the same activity can be seen and experienced differently in different parts of the world. People make arts and crafts for different reasons. Someone might make crafts because it's a family tradition, because they got layoff or they can't find a job and it's a way to make some money, or simply because it's what makes them happy. Whatever the reason, I think crafting expresses ones culture, there's a richness in it.

I have noticed that people in south american countries know how to make and craft many different things. I'm wondering if it has to do with the fact that life can be a little bit harder there. You can't always go to the store to buy something you need, either because it is too expensive or it isn't available. Because of this, people are constantly using their creativity to find homemade solutions to life's everyday needs. This constant use of creativity makes us naturally good crafters.

I decided to take a look at some of my Etsy fellows from South America, and enjoyed looking at the beautiful items they have displayed in their shops.

One thing is for certain: people's crafts reveal their unique history, passion, richness and culture. I invite you to take a look at what they're making in South America.


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