I came across Elsa Mora's answer to this question a few months ago and I would like to share it with you as I think her words are so warm and genuine...
Why should people buy handmade?
I think that buying handmade is a way of expression and communication. You express yourself through the objects that you choose to live with and with the objects that you give to other people. Handmade objects have a different meaning compared to industrial objects because they carry a human energy. The thing that most impacts people is other people. That’s why we experience something nice when we get anything handmade. When you buy handmade you are not only buying an object but you’re also buying a concept, an idea that has to do with the appreciation of what’s human. By buying handmade you are saying in a subtle way that you care about other people and that you are open for them to bring something into your life, it is an exchange, it is human connection.
Elsa's papercuts are currently in our Teeny Tiny IV, view all of them here.