How adorable is that baby?
And how gorgeous is that handmade macrame swing chair recently spotted on Etsy? Macrame is making a huge comeback, I believe, in part to its sistering of the cottagecore trend.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MACRAME
Last seen in a major way in the 1970s, artisans trace this craft back to 13th Century Arab weavers who focused primarily on adorning the fringe of veils and shawls.
In the late 1400s, at the end of the Moorish conquest, macrame spread to Europe. First, to Spain, and then to Italy, with the town of Liguria still central to fostering and preserving the art. Today, Liguria is home to three schools of macrame: Chiavari, Genoa, and Lorsica.
Fast forward to the Court of Queen Mary II in England. She became so enamored with it, she learned how, and then she taught it to others.
The height of macrame popularity belongs to the Victorian era, where macrame edged shawls, tablecloths, and served as a favorite pastime. Even sailors took to knotting while at sea, selling their creations at the port, helping to spread macrame to distant lands like China.
I’M NOT A FAN OF THE OWLS.
Remember those owls? Vintage 1960s and 70s? Definitely not my favorite, but they’re making a comeback on Etsy.
I prefer this type of macrame over the owls:
Photo source: findinglovely.com
Feast your eyes on their stunning tutorial.
And check this out. Earrings.
Photo source: thatsweettealife.com
And this. A macrame veil. Yes, please. Can I wear that to the grocery store? No?
It’s gorgeous, and I wish I could give full photo credit, but I can’t find the source.
Maybe that’s because macrame is making its way across the internet. I couldn’t resist creating a “Macrame Me” board on Pinterest.
ARE YOU ON PINTEREST?
Do you macrame?
I think Holly would try her hand at macrame if Shanequa introduced it to her. She’s taken up bullet journaling in The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, even sat in a hammock at a certain someone’s house . . .