Traditional Mohawk raised beadwork is recognized as one of the most distinctive types of Native American beadwork ever made. Raised beadwork decorates items such as velvet or leather purses that are called "whimsies". Beading is a very slow and painstaking process.
Only the best materials are used and the thread is waxed to increase its strength. Many Mohawk people do beadwork for family and friends. However, except for a bout a dozen sewers, few people make traditional beadwork for sale.