beadwork


bead·work

noun \ˈbēd-ˌwərk\

Definition of BEADWORK

1
:  ornamental work in beads
2
:  joinery beading

First Known Use of BEADWORK

1751

beadwork

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ornamental work in beads. In the Middle Ages beads were used to embellish embroidery work. In Renaissance and Elizabethan England, clothing, purses, fancy boxes, and small pictures were adorned with beads. In the 19th–20th century beadwork proliferated in dress decoration. Beads are used as ornamentation on a variety of objects (clothing, masks, weapons, dolls) in many cultures, including the Native American, African, and Oceanic.

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