How to differentiate Handmade vs Handcrafted Native American artwork
Handcrafted items are made of commercial materials. Which means these items are made from materials that are all commercially manufactured. An example of this is a heishi necklace where all the beads, clasps and thread are made by different sources. The artist then puts these items together to make the necklace. This is a handcrafted item.
Handmade items are made of materials that are gathered and processed to create an item. Handmade items sometimes use commercially produced materials that are not finished products. For example: a wicker basket made with natural yucca fibers, hand woven and hand tied yet commercial dyes and a metal ring are used as opposed to natural dyes and a naturally made ring. In this case a majority of the work is handmade. Using the above example a sifter basket using natural yucca fibers without commercial dyes and a natural ring would be completely handmade.
Handmade items using commercially made materials; The commercially made items would NOT readily be created into the item.
Handcrafted items using commercially made materials; The commercially made items would readily be made into an item by virtually anyone.