Have you felt the sudden urge to pick up your sewing needles or build a chicken coop? You’re not alone. With the desire to make sustainable, one-of-a-kind items on the rise, there’s been a distinct uptick in people taking part in “heritage arts.” Heritage arts are activities that were more popular in the past before massive textile factories and super grocery store chains started making items cheaper. Many people found it easier to purchase what they needed rather than taking the time to buy the material and make it themselves. However, for many, this mindset has started to shift. Lately, there is an increased interest in the homegrown, home sewn, and homemade. While there are several reasons these pastimes are making a comeback, here are some of the standouts.
A rise in health issues, isolation, and depression have increased the overall anxiety levels of many people. However, science has shown that some of these results can be lessened through resourceful and meditative methods. using your hands to do something repetitive and to create a tangible result is extremely soothing.
There’s something about knowing exactly how something was manufactured and who produced it that’s very appealing. When you make or grow something yourself, you not only feel more connection to the item, but you feel more proud of the final product. Moreover, whether it’s a dozen eggs laid by your free-range chickens or the new scarf you just knit, generating your own items often produces less waste. Your creations likely don’t require any packaging, for example, and won’t use much in the way of transportation emissions. And the actual skills are sustainable, too! These resourceful skills aren’t going anywhere. Fortunately, they’ll be useful for years to come.
Making One-of-a-Kind Items
At the end of the day, people long for uniquely curated items and heritage skills that highlight their originality and creativity. Making something by hand ensures it will be special. Creative expression through unique crafting has been shown to be particularly attractive to younger audiences. In a 2018 Forbes.com article, Mark Hill, CEO of the Association of Creative Industries, states, “The largest percentage of crafters (41%) are millennials, between the ages of 18-34 years old.” Even purchased items can have a one-of-a-kind spin when made into beautiful gift baskets.
Being More Resourceful
The economy has had several shifts, turns, and bumps, and many people have had to find ways to save on money. Learning useful skills, such as patching your own pants or mending your own mittens saves you the expense of buying new items. Specialty products, like homemade bath bombs, cards, and pottery, are actually relatively easy to make. Luxury doesn’t have to involve a lot of money. The same goes for homemade charcuterie boards, pie crust made from scratch, and rich, creamy soups infused with lots of love. Likely less expensive, and definitely more delicious—homemade is a home run!
Enjoying the Wonders of Everyday Life
In a complicated, tech-focused world, there is something simplistic and soothing about getting back to the trades of the past. Learning a new skill keeps your mind sharp and connects us to our ancestors. Take a moment to appreciate the hard work and craftsmanship required to make the clothes you wear. In short, it’s no wonder that so many people have taken up new hobbies and developed new talents to satisfy their craving for a more simplistic way of life.
Looking to get the whole family involved in your homemaking endeavors? Think about creating some of them, homemade Christmas ornaments, for instance—into family traditions. Consider the importance of establishing family traditions in your household!