Our relationship with our audience goes beyond the scope of buying and selling, as we strive to provide information about cultural heritage and create the right attitude towards handicrafts.
The topic of this particular blog is handicrafts and their value.
In our store, people often ask why this or that item is so expensive. We would like to share our thoughts on this with you.
Those who love and buy handmade items realize their real value and distinguish them from factory made ones. When you buy a special piece made in traditional techniques, it is not just a beautifully made copy, but a part of culture and unique in its content and visuals. Therefore, it is wrong to compare the price of a handmade item with similar low-priced industrially produced items.
The main issue is not how expensive the items is, the main issue is how this or that author evaluates his/her work. After all, behind all things there is a creative individual with his ideas and imagination, who knows the value of his time, work and experience accumulated over the years, you cannot complain to him/her, you cannot take away the right to evaluate their own work.
It takes a lot of time and effort to create each item, often months and even years are entrusted to create one item. Some technological processes are multi-stage and therefore take a long time. Many authors work alone, although some have assistants, which further increases the value of the item. Sometimes there is a synthesis when two artists working in different techniques create one thing, you can see many examples of this here (for example, a brand called khekutkhedi).
Often, high-quality materials for making handmade products are difficult to find in our country, and authors have to buy them from other countries or online, which means spending even more resources.
Therefore, before you ask why this or that work is so expensive, try to imagine the difficult path - from the idea to the finished and packaged product - that each handmade piece goes through before it ends up on our counter, and then through us to your interior.
We must remember that by purchasing a handmade item, you give a great incentive to local artists and craftsmen, and at the same time you contribute to the development of small and medium-sized businesses and the promotion of Georgian culture.