The art or craft of attaching beads to one another or to cloth using a needle and thread. Most beadwork takes the form of jewelry or other personal adornnment, but beads are also used in wall hangings and sculpture.
Most cultures have employed beads for personal adornment. Archaeological records show that people made and used beads as long as 5000 years ago. Beads have also been used for religious purposes, as good luck talismans, and as curative agents.
- Middle Eastern and Egyptian beadwork
- Scythian gold bead making
- Central Asian metalsmithing and gemstone carving
- Indian beadwork
- Chinese beadwork
- European beadwork
- Native American beadwork