Macramé can be used to make everything from plant hangers and wall hangings and other art to jewellery, handbags, and even clothing. Macrame clothes are exclusive form of art. Any piece of clothing that is made by using various combinations of macrame knots are considered macrame clothes.
What are macrame clothes?
Macrame clothes can vary from an innocent and pleated beach set to a burning hot festivaloutfit. Macrame clothes can be custom made rave and festivaloutfit designs for example for music festivals such as Coachella or Burningman. Macrame clothes are often exquisite and bohemian, and therefore easy to combine with a beautiful vintage clothing collection and jewelry. The former hippie and gypsy cultures have been an inspiration for the bohemian style to be able to bloom. Macrame clothes results from these subcultures and are already getting knowledgeable through big commercial brands as well.
Macrame clothes are also often handmade but nowadays the industrialisation has taken over in weaved clothes too. This saves time but nothing beats a costume or an outfit that is made by hand as that makes it special.
Macrame has made its way to wedding industry too. Macrame wedding dresses or any bridal accessories such as veils etc. are getting popular in unconventional and alternative weddings - also as decor, and even gifts. Wedding dresses can be modified to please the client. It is possible to add pieces of fabric or embedding underneath the cords to cover and hide the chest and the belly area, and shoulder pieces or some sleeve can be added to a wedding dress too.
Origin of macrame
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.
Nowadays macrame clothes are booming as they are considered to be in fashion again, because of their bohemian attributes. Bohemian style is related to a '70s hippie fashion, in which natural fabrics, retro patterns, neutrals and warm shades were typical features of it, as well as big accessories, and overall artistic, creative mishmash of elements and loose shaped clothes. Though bohemian culture has longer roots than just from the '70s it is the most known from that era. Click the button for more details about bohemian macrame.
Macrame is produced by creating various knots with strings, which are tied in a decorative way with using only your hands. Macrame and crochet are two totally different styles as crochet is knitted with a hook as a tool whereas macrame is made by hand. It differentiates from crochet as in crochet the knots are knitted with a hook.
The most commonly used cords for macrame clothes are medium ropes, 4mm-7mm. They are a great size for macramé beginners, more sturdy than the smaller ropes and they work sizewise also for plant hangers, wall hangings, furniture, lanterns, curtains, rugs, etc.