Definition of handicraft in English:



often handicrafts
  • 1A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand.

    ‘the traditional handicrafts of this region’
    ‘teachers of drawing, design, and handicraft’
    [as modifier] ‘handicraft workshops’
    • ‘Later on things improved and now they organise special events, with charity diners or workshops to allow people to learn handicrafts or cooking.’
    • ‘An emblem to commemorate the region's handicrafts would be launched during the silver jubilee year celebrations of the Union Territory's independence.’
    • ‘This push for the sector comes at a time when the realisation has dawned that handicrafts have to get its bread and butter from the domestic market.’
    • ‘It is no different for traditional handicrafts of West Bengal.’
    • ‘Practitioners of traditional handicrafts may register with the government and eventually receive a partial pension.’
    • ‘Other handicrafts include woodcarving and basketry.’
    • ‘A Cheam interior design company is offering people with creative flair the chance to learn new skills at workshops set up to revive interest in traditional handicrafts.’
    • ‘A wide range of wooden statues, ready-made garments, decorative greeting cards, handicrafts items and eateries were on display.’
    • ‘As well as the natural beauty of the region, visitors are drawn to its ornate temples and Buddhist shrines, and can watch locals skilled in the area's traditional arts and handicrafts.’
    • ‘Some of these traditional handicrafts, such as pottery and basket weaving, are caste-based activities and tend to be more utilitarian than decorative.’
    • ‘The creations of artisans of the traditional and exclusive handicrafts of Burdwan of West Bengal are on display-cum-sale at Ravindra Bharathi.’
    • ‘At most handicrafts exhibitions, exotically designed folding fans are invariably among the interesting articles on display in the stalls.’
    • ‘The exhibition was aimed at popularising traditional handicrafts of the State and help in improving the earnings of artisans.’
    • ‘Make it to Safina Plaza to celebrate the traditional handicrafts and take home a piece of our heritage.’
    • ‘Most of the traditional handicrafts of the country have been neglected for a long time and are on the verge of extinction.’
    • ‘In Kwazulu Natal, Africa, a handicrafts workshop has afforded rural women economic self-sufficiency and self-esteem.’
    • ‘A gap appeared, and soon became a gulf, when modern industry arose in the West and when imperial conquest ruined many traditional handicrafts.’
    • ‘For Lee, the main task is to rediscover traditional handicrafts and Taiwanese cultural symbols and mold them into modern luxuries for international markets.’
    • ‘Making jewelry and cutting precious stones also are traditional handicrafts in Gujarat.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the show is organised to popularise traditional handicrafts and help improve the earnings of artisans.’
    craft, handiwork, craftwork
    craftsmanship, workmanship, artisanship, art, skill
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    1. 1.1 An object made using a handicraft.
      ‘pottery and handicrafts decorate the rooms and hallways’
      • ‘The terrace style restaurant is adorned with handicrafts and artefacts from the four regions.’
      • ‘Debnath hailed the state industries department for extending all co-operations to him to become the first official exporter of the handicrafts from Tripura.’
      • ‘Among many other attractions are vintage tractors, ploughs and equipment, a handicrafts marquee and heavy horses.’
      • ‘Export figures for Indian handicrafts are rising but craftspersons are at the crossroads, beset with poverty and illness.’
      • ‘Traditional Omani handicrafts are in decline although periodic attempts are made to encourage their production.’
      • ‘The signboard with its peeling paint and the cheerless showroom near the Overbridge, with a modest collection of handicrafts in wood is not something that would catch your eye.’
      • ‘Traditional products and handicrafts will be the best buys, and the night will be alive with beauty contests and other entertainment.’
      • ‘Visitors can find trade in both modern products and traditional crafts, such as bamboo and wood handicrafts.’
      • ‘What can be seen are pictures of Indonesian people, nature and handicrafts from several of Indonesia's regions.’
      • ‘Spices, meats, vegetables, cloth, traditional handicrafts, and imported products jostle for space in the crowded booths and alleyways.’
      • ‘At the display event this year, there were student teams marketing Ayurvedic medicines and tourism, in addition to furniture, handicrafts and antiques.’
      • ‘Besides the traditional handicrafts, the exhibition also has cosmetic items, motorcycles, tyres and electronic items.’
      • ‘Well-known as the ‘Father of Taiwanese handicraft,’ Yan juggled teaching, painting and making handicrafts.’
      • ‘There is more for handicrafts lovers with Gujarat Emporium, Mylapore hosting an exhibition of Gujarat handiworks at Sankara Hall, Alwarpet.’
      • ‘While the domestic market has been slow to appreciate the Indian handicrafts, the global market already has.’
      • ‘Booths along Beach Road will be selling Thai handicrafts, clothing, decorative items and other merchandise, along with food and drink.’
      • ‘From August 4-13, the centre will be showcasing the rich tradition of handicrafts of the Santhal communities of Birbhum.’
      • ‘Just when the situation looked bleak, artisans found that there was a lucrative domestic market for all kinds of handicrafts.’
      • ‘A few villagers come in for the day to ply more traditional handicrafts.’
      • ‘Traditional entertainment and handicrafts that were exhibited and sold helped to preserve the Kingdom's culture.’
      • ‘There will be Swedish handicrafts and traditional Swedish food, and the highlight of the day is the Queen of Light and her attendants singing Christmas carols.’
      • ‘A variety of traditional handicrafts are made within the household or by specialists.’
      creation, product, work, achievement, design, doing, action, result
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Middle English: alteration of handcraft, on the pattern of handiwork.