Definition of quillwork in English:



  • A type of decoration for clothing and possessions characteristic of certain North American Indian peoples, using softened and dyed porcupine quills to make elaborate applied designs.

    • ‘The decoration fashioned in beads, paint, and quillwork served to summarize the common values of the wearers - generosity, honor, and bravery.’
    • ‘For example, since the porcupine quillwork was taking much too long, they decided to use a combination of quills and beads.’
    • ‘It has been over 50 years since porcupine quillwork was used as the primary decorative motif on Gwich'in jackets, slippers, and gloves.’
    • ‘The costuming is wonderfully authentic, and as fine quillwork as I've ever seen done.’