Handmade Gifts – The art of macramé and where it originated


Handmade Gifts – The art of macramé and where it originated

I’ve been a fan of the macramé vibes for a few years now, nothing adds to the boho vibes of a room like a plant hanger or a coaster. However, it recently occurred to me that I didn’t know much about the art of macramé and where it originated. You may know that we sell some gorgeous macramé pieces at Inka so I spoke to my wonderful creator Lauren from Aesuca Designs to get some little snippets to help with this blog.  

Let’s start with where it originated & the history.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with macramé (have you been living under a rock?), it is essentially a form of textile created using knotting techniques & it’s boomed in popularity in the last few years. You may have seen various macramé creations ranging from anything like tassels to bookmarks to elaborate wall art pieces. 

Macramé is believed to have originated around the 13th Century amongst Arabic weavers and it was from here that the craft spread out to Europe via North Africa. The name macramé is Spanish and is derived from the Arabic word migramah believed to mean “striped towel”, “ornamental fringe” or “embroidered veil.” Around the 17th century macramé started to become popular amongst English royalty after the craft was brought to the country by Queen Mary II herself after learning it in the Netherlands.

Sailors were also a big reason that macramé spread quickly. It was a popular time killer amongst them when they were at sea, they then sold their creations at various ports that they stopped at during their voyages.

The art of macramé in modern years

Heading into more current years, macramé boomed in the hippy era of the 1970’s. The art was now being worn as clothing as well as used as decoration in the home. It wasn’t unusual to see people wandering the streets in a macramé vest!

It sadly lost it’s popularity in the 80s but has in recent years made a huge come back. There isn’t much that you can’t make now using the macramé technique! Popular items include bags, tassels, earrings & coasters.

Macramé itself is made from a mixture of materials that create a cord. The cord can be made of any of the following, cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn. We stock really beautiful coasters and plant hangers in different designs at Inka and these are both made from recycled cotton. The cord is then cleverly knotted in multiple ways to create these unique designs.

I hope that gives you a quick insight into the art of macramé and where it originated.

I really love macramé, there are so many clever and unique styles out there. I’m personally a huge fan of a plant hanger because I’m running out of shelf & floor space for my plants! The art of macramé is a really skilled one, it takes a huge amount of time and creativity for each piece and I’m delighted to be stocking Aesuca Designs here at Inka.

Have a look at our plant hangers & coasters here.

Our macramé creator Lauren makes lots of different products, I’ve popped a link to her Instagram page so you can take a look for some inspo.