Many handicrafters use natural, even entirely indigenous, materials while others may prefer modern, non-traditional materials, and even upcycle industrial materials. The individual artisanship of a handicrafted item is the paramount criterion; those made by mass production or machines are not handicraft goods.
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Factories And Homemakers: But that also means that Etsy sellers will be in some shopping malls. "It goes back to the ideology — isn’t Etsy supposed to be a response to the mall? Aren’t we tearing down the mall?" Walker says. "I think that the new thinking is, instead of fighting traditional retail, we should figure out ways to infiltrate traditional retail on our own terms."
"I love Etsy. I was able to make sales that I’m sure I never would have been able to make if I had attempted to, say, create my own website," Noss says.