handcraft

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

Definition of handcraft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

handcraft

verb
handcrafted; handcrafting; handcrafts

Definition of handcraft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fashion by handicraft

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Synonyms for handcraft

Synonyms: Noun

art, craft, handicraft, trade

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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

The piece added interest to the McQueen piece and paid tribute to the wealth of regional handcraft available. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell Used Her Global Citizen Wardrobe to Showcase International Design," 5 Dec. 2018 The idea behind Heimat Atlantica is to build a unique community of extraordinary handcraft workshops in order to establish a sort of artisanal industry in fashion. Minna Shim, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Chic Bags Come with a Touch of Magic," 8 July 2017 Using Kentucky bison and cowhide combined with waxed cotton fabric and solid brass accessories, Jacoby's team handcrafts each order — from world leaders to your neighbor next door — one at a time. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This small Louisville leather shop makes golf bags for the president," 31 May 2018 Navigating between digital technology and laborious handcraft, Ms. King pursues the elusive spark of animation, the moment when a wooden hand waves gently and tentatively moves its wonderfully opposable thumb. Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, "Berkshire Tour: Formalism Relaxes, Handcraft Goes Digital," 30 Aug. 2017 Often found in woodsy, ethereal fashions that emphasize handcrafts, Rebecca hoped for a wedding dress that felt quintessentially her. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "East Meets West at an Enchanting Wedding in Tel Aviv," 31 Oct. 2017 All items must be handcrafts — no commercial products will be sold. Annie Alleman, Aurora Beacon-News, "It's time for Scarecrow Fest," 21 Sep. 2017 The Mulleavys founded their handcraft-luxe label in their parents’ Pasadena guest house in 2005, with just 10 pieces (their artist-mom Victoria still helps do some of the bead work on their creations). Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rodarte Fashion Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy On How They Got A Film Made In Hollywood," 18 Sep. 2017 Today, many of the fabrics and handcraft techniques common to historic garments and textiles exist only in haute couture. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "Confessions of a Costume Curator," 18 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each canoe is handcrafted: Resin layers are brushed on, rivets are attached individually around the gunwales. Michael Stilwell, Popular Mechanics, "Made in the USA: One Awesome Thing Built in Each State," 29 June 2017 Tiffany’s Blue Book Collection showcases our most exquisite high jewelry designs that are handcrafted by Tiffany artisans. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Her Fiancé Were the Actual Definition of #CoupleGoals at the 2019 SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 Masel’s ties are exquisitely handcrafted in Como, Italy. Nicole Berrie, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Gorgeous European Souvenirs Are Made Just For You," 28 Sep. 2018 At the factory, a skilled team of chocolate makers handcrafts every bar, whether that means loading winnowed, sorting beans, operating the roll mill, pouring by hand, or topping by hand. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "A Quest to Find America’s Best Craft Chocolate Makers," 31 Jan. 2017 Meanwhile, Thảo has noticed—among designers, fashion students, and consumers alike—a heightened interest and palpable excitement about traditional techniques and handcrafted design. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 The frames are a minimalist's dream: airy, unique, and handcrafted in her Greenpoint studio. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "This “Flower Framer” Will Preserve a Meaningful Bouquet Forever," 8 Oct. 2018 The food respects tradition but is not bound by it, and Hayashi’s hipster-like affinity for the handcrafted comes through in every dish. Davey Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do in Shibuya: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 Iron Mountain Designs: Josh Vandenbrink, an Air Force veteran who was deployed overseas 21 times, sells handcrafted steel and hardwood flags out of his Salt Lake City shop. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of handcraft

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1911, in the meaning defined above

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handcraft

verb

English Language Learners Definition of handcraft

: to make (something) by using your hands

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