Why is local, handcrafted growing in popularity?

We are amazed by the growth trend of local made, handcrafted businesses popping up, growing strong and thriving in this economy.  Given the obvious desire for quality and value, it is very understandable that people are turning to local…. but are there factors that are driving this? OK, its my social science background peeking through … More Why is local, handcrafted growing in popularity?