A handmade souvenir represents culture, but it also represents the local artisans who contribute to that culture. Imagine you’re going to Iran, and all you want to take home is an authentic souvenir. Your best bet is to find an artisan who decorates tiles by hand. You might be lucky enough to walk into a shop and find someone working on a tile with his or her hands, proving that what you’re about to buy is, indeed, handmade. By purchasing local artisans ‘goods, you are supporting their careers.