Buenos Aires Argentina
Macramania an artisanal microbrand in Buenos Aires, Argentina, specializes in handmade macramé jewelry. Since 2007, Carolina Eiras has designed her own collection with support of talented artists who handcraft these original pieces.
She incorporates semi-precious gemstones such as onyx, marble, fluorite and rhodochrosite to create a gorgeous mix of threads and gemstones. Her goal is to make unique pieces that customers will covet and enjoy for many years to come.
Macramé is a crafting technique that involves weaving and knotting cord to form a pattern. Macramé is a word of French origin that means, “knot”, and that in turn derives from the Turkish word makrama. Although sometimes called ‘Chinese knotting’, macramé predates its Chinese history. Arabia during the 13th century is the believed origin. When the Moors conquered Spain in 711 AD, they brought this art form with them. From Spain, it spread to other European countries. Sailors then picked up on the technique and kept it alive over the years. While out to sea, these sailors would knot thick twine into decorated pieces that could be sold or traded went they went ashore. The technique was first discovered in China through these sailors.