I remember when mum filled our home with macramé

The unexpected 1970s trend making a huge comeback. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

I remember when Mum filled our home with macramé decor. That trend really took off in the ’70s. I remember our home had its fair share of ‘hanging art’, which my mother had handcrafted and lovingly hung.

Mum would spend hours knotting the fabric to make plant hangers and wall hangings. One of her biggest pieces was made out of wool and it hung from a hook in the ceiling. It had two tiers from which she could display knick-knacks or treasures. It hangs in my home now as a reminder of my mother and her beautiful creativity.

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The trend today is all about creating that ‘relaxed summer vibe’ in one’s home. In fact, I recently read somewhere that online searches for ‘macramé’ have increased more than 100 per cent in recent years, but long before today’s popularity this decor was on-trend when I was growing up.


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Believe it or not, the art of macramé is said to date back to the 13th century. Weavers would create knotted covers to protect horses from flies in the deserts of northern Africa. It was also used by sailors, tying knots being a way to pass the time when out at sea, who created hammocks, fringes and belts.

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While you could use a variety of materials, Mum would often use rough twine or wool for her macramé. She would incorporate some decorative beading, and I enjoyed watching her work.

With so many of the trends from my youth making a comeback, it doesn’t surprise me that macramé has rushed back into fashion however, the uses for macramé extend to more than just cradling spider plants in sunny corners of the house.

Did you have any macramé in your home? Are there any trends from your youth that are popular now?

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