bead·​work | \ ˈbēd-ˌwərk How to pronounce beadwork (audio) \

Definition of beadwork

1 : ornamental work in beads
2 : joinery beading

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Even the most aggressive of shows, like Slimane’s Celine, touched on an underlying sweetness with New Romantic shapes and delicate beadwork. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall 2019 Men’s Trend Report," 25 Jan. 2019 Some of the creations were taken straight from the Maasai people with neck beadwork, rich red tones and ornate sleeveless tunics. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "The wardrobe of Wakanda: a costume designer’s dream," 27 May 2018 The $150 ticket includes first crack at the folk art, including beadwork, carvings, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture and home goods; Moroccan food and drinks; belly dancing; henna tattoos; live music; and more. Sandy Guerra-cline, star-telegram, "Modern art, music top the list of things to do in DFW this week," 6 June 2018 None of the beadwork had broken, but a few perfectly white pearls had been stained pink. New York Times, "In the Name of Cardi, Let Us Pray," 8 May 2018 The bodice featured a plunging neckline, delicate spaghetti straps, and glimmering intricate beadwork. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "SZA Wears Pink Versace Gown to the Met Gala 2018," 7 May 2018 Others were a story in certain beadwork presented on some of the tribes. Amber Rambharose, Glamour, "'Black Panther' Costume Designer Ruth Carter: I Was Under a Lot of Pressure to Not Create a Stereotype," 16 Feb. 2018 Women do most of the stitching and the beadwork, while men tend to be the ones who carry, cut, and glue the cowhide. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "Wazi Sandals Look and Do Good," 19 Apr. 2018 There were tables and tables and tables of beadwork: beads organized by color and hanging on peg boards. Faith Cummings, Teen Vogue, "Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter on People Dressing Up to See the Movie," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of beadwork

1751, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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