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Magnificent Macrame

With Macramé topping the style charts, looks like the age-old technique of surface-design is enjoying a 21st century renaissance


GIVEN THE recent global recognition, macramé and related techniques of surface design have created a niche for themselves in the world of fashion.

Macramé, employing the technique of knotting pliable lengths of yarns, starts its journey from the Palaeolithic times... when man first felt the need to attach two lengths of cords or probably needed to bind two objects together in a permanent or semi-permanent manner. However, once the beauty of knots was recognised, a new art form emerged.

A mystery, a story untold, a reflection of continuity, an enigmatic form... a knot conjures up a multitude of ideas and thoughts. The technique of macramé does not exceed beyond variation of two knots, the permutations and combinations of which have proven endless.

These magical combinations lend themselves to a vast array of two-dimensional and three-dimensional designs. This `knotty splendour' has taken a giant leap on the fashion calendar. The `handcrafted look' continues to sail strong in apparel and fashion accessories. Open mesh structure clothing is indicated... a concept that can be achieved by the delicate yarn craft technique of macramé.

Elementary knots and pattern knots create a porous web, ideal for this season. Silhouette ideas like tank tops, spaghetti blouses, boxy fit tops, twin sets, full circle and half circle skirts, boleros, bandannas and stoles are a high in the western segment. Conventional knotting materials like jute, cotton, linen, rayon, wool, silk and leather have different knot definitions and lend a plenitude of surface qualities. Novelty yarns and exploration of newer techniques propel innovative use of material ranging from packaging strips and stretch rayons to strips of polythene bags and camera reels.

This season sees the technique of macramé indulge into the ethnic segment as well. Concepts like sari blouses, short kurtis, and borders and edgings for saris and salwar kameez are the right style pointers.

Also, dip yourself in macramé accessories this season. Belts and bags (tote, drawstring concepts) in macramé top the style charts. You know that it is time for florals. Sink into `flora', whether it is the petal knot pattern or surface embellishment.

Ideas in apparel and fashion accessories echo high-level surface interest. Shine and shimmer gives a new face to this craft. Beads or sequins are the right elements that elevate the level of delicacy. In the `glowing' narration, Lurex incorporations are indicated.

Along with ethereal white and the all-time favourite black, other hues also comprise the colour tray. There is an emphasis on powder tones of blue, green, pink, yellow and lilac. Vibrant hues like unadulterated orange, magenta, red and green also form a part of the colour tray.

Today, macramé is enjoying 21st century renaissance. Attempts all over the globe are culminating in works that set themselves apart from old stereotypes, giving a new definition to this portable handicraft.

ANUPREET BHALLA

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