The current pandemic and lockdown have been challenging both physically and mentally. Pursuing a hobby can be a great stress buster at such times. Having learnt Macrame more than two decades ago the lockdown provided the perfect opportunity to rediscover it by chance as I scrolled through YouTube videos.
So, what exactly is Macramé? Strings of rope or thread are tied into various knots to reveal ornamental patterns and designs to create a knotted piece of art. Its history can be traced back to 13th-century Arabic weavers and later in the 17th Century became a Victorian-era favourite. The boho-chic macramé became a rage in the 1970s era of hippies and bellbottoms. Recently macramé has made a comeback with artisans making customized and personalized pieces both as home decor and as fashion accessories.
Before I realized it, I was hooked to it. Due to its relaxing and therapeutic qualities it soon became a daily practice. It helped me stay mindful. Soon the regrets of past and worries of future seemed unimportant as I was rooted in the present moment. I feel macramé is a meditative experience and I enjoy the rhythm and repetition of tying different knots to create complex patterns.
Here is some sample collection of my macramé work. Each piece is handmade with love and has given me immense joy. Recently my family encouraged me to share this joy with others. As a budding local artisan, I would like you to own these pieces of art (naturally, only if you like them :), at a nominal price. Currently, I’m marketing my work only in Mumbai and Pune. You can view my collection on https://www.instagram.com/so_many_creations/?hl=en
The story of my macramé journey was featured on Corner Network https://corner.network/contribute/art/from-lockdown-nightmares-to-making-macram