Travel theme: Handmade

There seems to be a growing demand for handmade (and even homemade) items in the circles I have been moving in recently. Perhaps it is a backlash against the anonymity of mass production. The demand appears to be highest when it comes to food, so maybe it has to do with concerns over what unsavory items end up in mass produced food. Whatever the reason, here are a few photos I’ve taken on my travels of handmade items. First up, hand dyed and  homespun wool, from a fair in Clare celebrating Brian Boru.

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Ever so delicate papier maché eggs all the way from Peru.

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Handmade and homemade rosehip syrup – made from foraged hips from Irish hedgerows.

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Hand painted Turkish pottery in a dazzling array of colours; they almost sparkle when the light catches them.

Turkey Turkish handthrown pottery dish bowl

Gorgeous handmade quilt from Guatemala; I wish I’d bought it when I was there, those colours are magnificent.

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xxx Ailsa

My favorite things often have a story behind them and are usually handmade or discovered at a flea market. – Amy Sedaris

Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time. – Douglas Coupland


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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73 Responses to Travel theme: Handmade

  1. lifelessons says:

    Your handmade item photos are lovely. Here are mine:

  2. I am drawn to Hand-made items on my travels. For these are items usually developed from crafts, that have evolved, in a small locale and been handed down over many generations. They scream workmanship, love, beautiful, naturally-synchronous ‘form’ and function. They inspire me to create – more and more!

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  8. Always love to see handmade Native American pottery like the pieces on display at Haak’u Museum at Acoma Pueblo:

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  12. Como siempre tus citas y tus fotos son preciosas. También la mayor parte de mis objetos los he ido comprando en nuestros viajes y son realizados a mano. Aunque, en esta ocasión, mi entrada es con un postre que estaba delicioso y tenía un aspecto tan bonito que daba pena empezarlo. También hecho a mano como puedes imaginar.
    Saludos, Ailsa.

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  15. Tish Farrell says:

    Hand made things have so much more ‘essence’ – the touch and intention and vision of the person who created them. Lovely challenge and photos, Ailsa. I’m a real sucker for a basket of wool.

  16. leannenz says:

    Loving your Challenges Ailsa! I got a hat trick out it this week, Your wonderful hand made theme fitted in very well with the vivid challenge and also with a fledgling challenge I am trying to going, Travel trinkets and memories. I am not sure that my effort at pingback worked? so have posted here. Thanks for facilitating such a great weekly challenge!

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  19. Love the theme of handmade. I also prefer to invest in something special when I travel rather than a trinket for a trinkets sake. I also love how right here in my tiny island items made by hand and with love are gaining popularity. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics.

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