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What is the history of macramé?

Macramé (from the Arabic 'miqrama' meaning "fringe") is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting. The craft dates back to 13th-century Arabia, where it was used as a method of decorating clothing and household items. The craft was brought to Europe in the 16th century by sailors who had seen it in the Middle East and North Africa.

In the 17th century, macramé became popular in Europe as a decorative form of knotting used mainly to adorn clothing and furnishings. By the 18th century, the craft had spread to the United States, where it was used to make bedspreads and decorative hangings. Macramé was particularly popular in the Victorian era, when elaborate knots were used to embellish curtains, clothing and other items.

In the 1950s, macramé experienced a resurgence in popularity as a hobby, with people using it to make plant hangers, wall hangings and other decorative items. This trend continued into the 1970s, when macramé was used to make jewelry and other fashion accessories.

Today, macramé is still popular as an art form and craft. It is used to make items such as wall hangings, plant hangers, jewelry, and clothing. Although macramé is not as popular as it once was, it continues to be a favorite hobby for many people.

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