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The history of macramé

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Dot & Cross

We've recently expanded our jewellery range to include macramé bracelets so we thought we would find out more about this popular technique.

It appears that macramé was developed in the Middle East dating as far back as 2500-1800BC as a way to decorate clothing. But it wasn’t until the 13th century that the word macramé referred to a ‘fringe’ which would be used to embellish the ends of handmade cloth.

It is then thought that the Moors of Northern Africa introduced macramé to Spain which then spread to France, Italy and even the UK in the 17th century court of Queen Mary II. It was also popular in the Victorian times as a way ladies of the house could decorate their home with throws, curtains and even undergarments!

We see the more familiar macramé jewellery in America in the 1960s and 70s where hippies and followers of grunge would create bracelets or necklaces which were adorned with shells or found objects.

We’ve updated this a little with bright colours, precious stones and pretty gold filled charms.

More information can be found Wikipedia 

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