American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See beading.
- n. Architecture Beaded molding.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Ornamental work formed of beads by embroidering, crocheting, etc.
- n. In joinery, beading (which see).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Ornamental work in beads.
- n. ornamentation with beads
- n. a beaded molding for edging or decorating furniture
“Gibson's "beadwork" is a striking gesture that's also subtle in its implications: Our "superficial decoration," it may say, can trump your "high-art abstraction.”
“Few people would argue that Indian beadwork is not authentic simply because it is made of imported European trade goods.”
“Be it the bold and intricate beadwork from the Maasai Mara or the handcrafted sea glass beads from Ghana's Cape Coast, when such jewelry is unfailingly noticed, I quickly direct the conversation to the independent African businesswomen who have made and sold me these pieces over the past years.”
“The soldiers in many of the hospitals are doing flat beadwork, which is ingenious and pretty; but nothing compares with these necklaces of Madame Balli, and some of the best dressed American women in Paris are wearing them.”
“Some of the belles, and indeed some of the women whose beauty is a thing of the past, wear a breastplate of beadwork, which is further decorated with a fringe of reindeer teeth that has a most ghastly effect -- they look so much like human teeth.”
“With more than 12\,000 objects from more than 200 countries and regions\, the TMC's permanent collection celebrates cultural diversity and includes traditional fabrics\, garments\, carpets and related artifacts such as beadwork and basketry.”
“And then, on top of all that dancing form, there are strange, rainbow coils of oil paint that look as though they've been squeezed out of a star-tipped pastry tube -- but that also evoke Victorian "whimsies," the over-the-top beadwork that native women sold to European ladies.”
“The beadwork more or less respects the format of the original document: the red is the "page," while the white beads crawl across it in broken lines that evoke the broken lines of text in printed matter.”
“Huichol beadwork, for example, did not begin with the importation of manufactured glass beads.”
“I was amazed at the beautiful kurtas for sale in an impressive array of colors, necklines sparkling with sequins and beadwork, and picked up half a dozen in light weight material to wear during my journey throughout northern India this past spring, when summer was already on it's way and temperatures were high.”
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