Thursday, August 19, 2010;
You could call it the Etsy effect, our current infatuation with the handmade.
Etsy (http://www.etsy.com), the hot online marketplace for handcrafted items, has a core of devotees and more than
1.2 million followers on Twitter. Add to this a general thirst for one-of-a-kind design and a backlash against mass-produced plastic, and we see why major retailers are offering alternatives.
For fall, there are Old World embroidered pillow covers at Pottery Barn made with hand-spun yarns and specialized looming techniques. At West Elm, hand-loomed silk pillow covers are keeping a yarn cooperative in India going.
West Elm's collection of black Lombok vases in simple shapes ($12-$24) look modern grouped together. The members of the Indonesian women's cooperative who make them by hand out of clay polish them to a high gloss.