Definition of handwork in English:



  • [mass noun] Work done with the hands:

    ‘the transition from handwork to machine production’
    • ‘Forest Service officials are comparing the economic and ecological results of this handwork to using machines.’
    • ‘Many children enjoyed making things from wood, fabric, wool or paper and gave their own handwork as presents, especially among the family.’
    • ‘Each garment has ornamentation through different texturing techniques including crinkling, tucking, thread work and handwork.’
    • ‘The idea was to revive this handwork and at the same time benefit the women of the area.’
    • ‘Many of the qualities like the extravagant detailing, lush colours and fine handwork are demonstrated in the exquisitely crafted shades of the era.’
    • ‘Traditional crafts of the Kutch have been revived through ornate patterns and handwork of the Rabari, Mathua, and Ahir regions.’
    • ‘The genius of Kutchi handwork is etched in the walls: in the mica work, the coloured glass panes, ivory-inlay doors, carved woodwork, silver filigree and embroidered silk wall decorations.’
    • ‘Pulling the lock showed a combination of machine routing and handwork in the lock recess.’
    • ‘Then, at the turn of the century, the Arts and Crafts movement created a reaction against mass-produced, cheap objects that once again elevated craft and handwork to an art form.’
    • ‘Lord Ganesha gets a glossy finish, thanks to some fine handwork and the addition of oxides like cobalt and antimony (blue).’
    • ‘Both Kaachhi, Dhebaria and Vangadia Rabari matriarchs explained what every stitch, motif and pattern signified, how they were made, when they were worn, and how each group's handwork differed from the other's.’
    • ‘While a little more challenging than the other two, our featured bookcase has been cleverly designed with a combination of machinery and handwork.’
    • ‘An element of handwork is there in all our products.’
    • ‘Lisa's models wear: crop-jacket pant suit; skirt suit in burlap with her signature raffia handwork, her homage to Bahamian straw basket makers.’
    • ‘I alternate handwork alone with handwork and footwork combined.’
    • ‘I have also mixed a lot of handwork and embroidery,’ she says.’
    • ‘That Morris had an inherent preference for handwork over machine work cannot be doubted.’
    • ‘To many it represents an alternative lifestyle statement and the intrinsic soul fulfilling value of handwork with man and not machine at its heart.’
    • ‘Although he's associated with detailed handwork, he happily uses the serger and the sewing machine for many special effects.’
    • ‘Even so, no matter that I love to stitch, that I pick up the quilt whenever I can, that I honestly take solace in this homely handwork, it still takes months.’