West Elm Handcrafted

West elm works with artisan communities around the world to design and make products that can’t be found anywhere else. From baskets woven in the Philippines to hand-loomed wall hangings from India, a number of our designs proudly wear our “Handcrafted” label. When you see “Handcrafted” on one of our products, it means it has met the definition and standards set forth by UNESCO—“Artisanal products are those produced by artisans, either completely by hand, or with the help of hand tools or even mechanical means, as long as the direct manual contribution of the artisan remains the most substantial component of the finished product.”

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West Elm Handcrafted - Linework Vases

Our Linework vases are handcrafted in the Philippines

When we are labeling products like our Linework vases as Handcrafted there are a number of questions we ask. Is what makes this product valuable and unique a hand technique? Can we transparently convey the handwork that goes into this product’s making?

West Elm Handcrafted

On some of our Handcrafted products from India, you may also notice the Craftmark logo. Craftmark is a nonprofit organization in India that documents and certifies more than 80 traditional Indian craft techniques, like the weaving you will find in many of our rugs and pillows.

Here’s the full range on Handcrafted techniques you’ll find in west elm products.

    Hand-appliqued
    Hand-beaded
    Hand-block-printed
    Hand-carved
    Hand-cast
    Hand-crocheted
    Hand-embellished
    Hand-embroidered: Embroidered Peruvian Sparrow Pillow
    Hand-engraved
    Hand-felted: Felt Ornaments
    Hand-finished
    Hand-folded
    Hand-glazed
    Hand-guided
    Hand-inlaid
    Hand-knit
    Hand-loomed: Silk Hand-Loomed Pillow Cover
    Hand-mixed
    Hand-painted: Hand-Painted Moroccan Bowls
    Hand-paper-making/Hand-pressed
    Hand-papier-mâché: Papier Mache Wall Art
    Hand-poured
    Hand-quilted
    Hand-resist-dyed
    Hand-silkscreened
    Hand-spun
    Hand-stitched or hand-sewn
    Hand-tucked
    Hand-tufted
    Hand-turned or hand-thrown: Avron Ceramics Vase
    Hand-upholstered
    Hand-woven: Hand-woven Rugs
    Hand-woven ikat
    Hand-dip-dyed
    Hand-overdyed
    Hand-stamped

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Jennifer Gootman is the Director of Social Consciousness & Innovation at West Elm where she oversees the brand’s commitments to increase sourcing from artisans, supply chain transparency, and sustainability. Jennifer has more than ten years experience working with economic development and arts-focused nonprofits and social enterprises in New York, Nicaragua, and India and is thrilled to be part of a company that is committed to using its purchasing power to create social, economic, and environmental change.

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