Sure, hand-knotted tapestries, plant hangers & accessories filled every nook and cranny in the 70's and are making a mighty comeback now, but this craft has been passed down over hundreds of years from all around the world. Let's explore the ancient roots of Macramé!
The origin of Macramé is generally attributed to Arabic weavers during the 13th century, using decorative knots to finish the loose ends of hand-woven textiles. However, decorative knot-tying can also be traced back to third-century China on ceremonial textiles as well as wall hangings.
While it may be hard to pinpoint the very first Macramé ever made, thanks to those 13th century Arabic Artisans the craft slowly spread throughout Europe and eventually became a common pastime for sailors.
Sailors played a large role in keeping Macramé alive and sharing the art with new lands. Knots had many practical uses aboard their ships, but decorative knot-tying kept hands and minds occupied during long voyages. Furthermore, they would sell and barter their knotted goods such as hammocks, belts and hats at port.
Knot-tying remained a popular hobby and way to adorn clothing and textiles through the Victorian era, when it fell mostly out of favor until it's wild and fabulous return in the 70's.
Interested In Learning Macramé?
We are six weeks into our Summer 2018 tour and we would love to see you! Join us as we host workshops all over the USA, gathering to create and honor the age old craft of Macramé. Find a city near you.