"Beadwork is the art or craft of attaching beads to one another or to cloth or to glass, usually by means of a needle and thread or soft, flexible wire or by gum. Most beadwork takes the form of jewelry or other personal adornment, but beads are also used in wall hangings and sculptures."
Beadwork is a quintessentially Native American art form, but ironically uses beads imported from Europe and Asia. Glass beads have been in use for almost five centuries in the America. Today a wide range of beading styles flourish.Most Native beadwork is created for tribal use but beadworkers also
create conceptual work for the art world.