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Handicraft is a type of craft where people make things using only their hands or basic tools. The items are usually decorative and have a particular use. Usually the term refers to traditional methods of making things.

The items often have cultural or religious value. Things made by mass production or machines are not handicraft goods. Also, handicraft things are different from "arts and crafts" because they are meant to be used for something. Handicraft items are generally contrasted with mass production, things made on a factory production line.

List of common handicrafts

There are almost as many variations on the theme of handicrafts as there are crafters with time on their hands, but they can be broken down into a number of categories:

Using textiles or leather

Using wood, metal, clay, bone, horn, glass, or stone

Using paper or canvas

  • Altered books
  • Artist trading cards
  • Assemblage – collage in three dimensions
  • Bookbinding
  • Cardmaking
  • Collage
  • Décollage
  • Decoupage
  • Embossing paper
  • Iris folding
  • Origami or paper folding
  • Paper craft generally
  • Paper making
  • Paper marbling
  • Paper modeling, paper craft or card modeling
  • Papier-mâché
  • Parchment craft
  • Pop-up books
  • Quilling or paper filigree
  • Rubber/acrylic stamping
  • Scrapbooking

Using plants other than wood


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See also

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