ARTISTIC HANDICRAFTS

Artistic craftsmanship in the Italian Riviera di Levante

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The Macramè

The name Macramè is of Arab origin and it indicates the craft of producing linens (tablecloths, towels, clothing accessories) with long fringes made from the same threads of the fabric, braided and worked with a series of knots into elegant patterns.
This art was introduced to Liguria in the 14th century by sailors returning from their voyages, especially in the area of Chiavari, where they taught their women how to braid the fringes, a practice that requires both patience and skill.
Chiavari’s famous Macramé is made using this method which requires the use of a special frame which holds the fabric in place while it is being worked on.