Handicrafting has its roots in the rural crafts—the material-goods necessities—of ancient civilizations, and many specific crafts have been practiced for centuries, while others are modern inventions, or popularizations of crafts which were originally practiced in a limited geographic area.
Many crafts become very popular for brief periods of time (a few months, or a few years), spreading rapidly among the crafting population as everyone emulates the first examples, then their popularity wanes until a later resurgence.
Etsy’s CEO Chad Dickerson says the site is working on ways to retain sellers and weed out factory-made products.
Dickerson says the company is working to keep 800,000 sellers around the world happy. After all, sellers are Etsy’s most important customers.