The further back you go, the more artefacts were made without the help of machines, and less advanced tools.

If an artefact is made in this way now, it can feel old-fashioned to some people.

But some people might think of it as “classic” or “authentic” instead. Audiences often have a strong sense of nostalgia. Or they believe that quality was higher in the past. They might respect tradition, and traditional ways to make things, more than modern mass manufacturing.

Generally these older ways to make rely on natural materials because it was difficult to work with some materials we now use regularly.

Either way there is less need for people to get close to the thing they make. Mass manufacturing means that the maker can be distant from the artefact.

All of these factors mean that if something is made with care and attention to detail, it can feel timeless.

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