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  • MP inspects Afghan handicraft
    Harrow Times, UK -
    HARROW East MP Tony McNulty inspected traditional Afghan embroidered clothes at an exhibition of Afghan women's handicrafts at Harrow Leisure Centre on Friday ...
  • Handicraft exports up 24% in Apr-Aug
    Business Standard, India -
    Handicraft exports rose by 24% to Rs 3,843 crore during April-August 2004 as compared to Rs 3,105 crore in the same period last fiscal, according to the latest ...
  • Big show of Vietnamese wooden, fine art and handicraft products
    Viet Nam News Agency, Vietnam -
    HCM City (VNA) - As many as 210 businesses in furniture, fine art and handicraft production from Ho Chi Minh City and the southern provinces of Binh Dinh, Binh ...
  • Seven Pusat Ehsan members to attend handicraft course in Manila
    Bru Direct, Brunei Darussalam -
    ... In its efforts to improve the skills and the quality of the handicraft products to meet the current market standard, Pusat Ehsan will be sending seven of its ...
  • Handicraft exports up 24 pc in Apr-Aug
    Press Trust of India, India -
    New Delhi, Sep 27 (PTI) Handicraft exports rose by 24 per cent to Rs 38.43 bn during April-August 2004 as compared to Rs 31.05 bn in the same period last fiscal ...
Handicraft, also known as craftwork or simply craft, is a type of work where useful and decorative devices are made completely by hand or using only simple tools. Usually the term is applied to traditional means of making goods. The individual artisanship of the items is a paramount criterion, such items often have cultural and/or religious significance. Items made by mass production or machines are not handicrafts.

Usually, what distinguishes the term handicraft from the frequently used category Arts and Crafts is a matter of intent: handicrafted items are intended to be used, worn, et cetera, having a purpose beyond simple decoration. Handicrafts are generally considered more traditional work, created as a necessary part of daily life, whilst "Arts and Crafts" implies more of a hobby pursuit and a demonstration/perfection of a creative technique. In practical terms, the categories have a great deal of overlap.

Handicrafts include:

See also Arts and crafts