nanduti

nanduti

[nyahn-duh-tee]
noun
a fine, intricate lace made in Paraguay, usually of cotton, and resembling a spiderweb.

Origin:
< American Spanish ñanduti < Guarani: spiderweb, equivalent to ñandu spider + point

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nanduti

(Guarani Indian: "spider web"), type of lace introduced into Paraguay by the Spaniards. It is generally characterized by a spoke-like structure of foundation threads upon which many basic patterns are embroidered. This structure, resembling a spider web or the rays of the Sun, is usually made on a small circular cushion and is common in many Spanish countries. It is also found in drawn thread work. A comparable lace is made on the island of Tenerife and bears its name.

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