The Interesting and Fascinating History of Macrame

Many people from all over the world simply love art and when it comes to it, there are many different ways in which a person can convey or get it. Art comes in various forms and each form is something that can capture the senses or interest of a person looking at it. Of the various kinds of artworks, Macrame is one that catches the attention of art-loving people. Why? It is because this kind of artwork is something that’s unique and can be flaunted by someone who wears or use it. It’s something that one can truly be proud of.

What is Macrame?

Macrame is defined as a way of creating a modern artwork wherein decorative knots are used in the process. According to historians, Macrame is known to have originated during the thirteenth century by the Arabian weavers. Whenever there were excess yam and thread, weavers that time worked on those excess materials, creating knots along the sides or edges of fabrics. With these knots, decorative fringes were created on shawls, veils, bath towels and many others.

The term “macrame” is derived from the word “Arabic Migramah” and it was originally rendered and known as “striped towel,” “embroidered veil” and “ornamental fringe.” When the Moorish conquest took place the macrame art was brought to Spain. They soon became excessively popular until it flourished and became well known in many different parts of Europe. Macrame was actually first known and introduced in England, specifically at Queen Mary’s court. The queen was the wife of William of Orange during the latter part of the seventeenth century.

The Rampant Spreading of Macrame

During the old times when transportation was hard and difficult, it was the sailors who played a very important role in spreading and keeping macrame alive. Sailors brought this Arabic art from China, making it extremely popular to the people of the New World. They bartered or sold their Macrame products while they were confined for month the seas.

In the turn of the nineteenth century, Macrame still remained as a very popular pastime among American and British seafarers. These seamen called macrame as square knotting. They preferred making these knots in the creation of their own hammocks, belts and bell fringes.

Macrame’s Peak of Popularity

Macrame reached the peak of popularity during the Victorian era. During this era, a popular and well-loved book known as “Sylvia’s Book of Macrame Lace” was published with the aim to encourage readers to work on rich trimmings for both colored and black costumes that can be worn as a home wear and for seaside ramblings, garden parties and balls. This book also urged its readers to make use of Macrame as a fairylike decorative style for under linens and households. During the Victorian era, many homes were unadorned.

While Macrame’s popularity waned for years, it is now enjoying its renewed and worldwide popularity. This proves to be true today in the creation of clothing articles, wall hangings, tablecloths, draperies, plant hangers, bedspreads and many different types of home decorations and furnishings.