hand·​craft | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌkraft How to pronounce handcraft (audio) \

Definition of handcraft

 (Entry 1 of 2)


handcrafted; handcrafting; handcrafts

Definition of handcraft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fashion by handicraft

Synonyms for handcraft

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of handcraft in a Sentence

Noun we learned about traditional handcrafts like barrel-making and leather-working at the colonial history museum Verb She handcrafted a set of bowls out of red clay.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Indeed, the oversized panels represented more than the beauty of handcraft. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 July 2022 The traditional handcraft has endured for generations. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022 In response, her organization is building a center in Kabul to provide basic tailoring, handcraft and secondary education classes to women as well as maternity care and general healthcare services. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 Still, the combination of technology and fashion somehow always feels like a gimmick (especially after Dior’s moving couture show in January, which celebrated the beauty of artisanship and handcraft in India). Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Mar. 2022 Utopian religious sects like the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Amana Colonies combined handcraft, communitarian economics, and piety. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Produced in the founder’s hometown of Durango, Mexico, and sustainably grown and harvested in the surrounding local villages, the attention to handcraft and tradition shines through on the palette. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 In Dallas’ Bishop Arts District, Megan Wilkes and Mary Gauntt handcraft sensational pies with local, seasonal ingredients—all baked in a remodeled 1930s Victorian bungalow. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 2 Sep. 2021 Developed in 1700, the handcraft is now exclusively produced by a single family-run orchard. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 20 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Participants will handcraft each of these cocktails. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Just over 150 employees handcraft 12 million cigars a year from the historic factory. Jennifer Simonson, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Aug. 2021 In 2013, the friends turned into business partners, launching Pura Utz, a whimsical fashion brand that employs Mayan women to handcraft every piece, including beaded banana earrings and a smiley print phone bag. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, 7 Apr. 2021 Students work with faculty to handcraft a learning path to catalyze their personal calling. Jim Olson, Fortune, 25 Dec. 2020 For just $150, a leather artisan will handcraft your leather boots into a super stylish pair of summer-ready shoes. Anastacia Uriegas, Chron, 17 Nov. 2020 He is known to handcraft his buildings, slowly, but the deliberate pace didn’t concern Govan. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 5 Oct. 2020 Teachers with regional variants of Indigenous languages often handcraft learning materials for their students. TheWeek, 5 Sep. 2020 Their master jewelers handcraft each design from concept to creation in their North American workshops. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 12 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of handcraft


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1911, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jul 2022

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“Handcraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handcraft. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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