Macramé, also spelled Macrame, is a lace or fringe of Moorish origin, created according to an ancient seafaring technique with yarns woven and knotted together, without the use of needles or hooks.
Probably arrived in Italy at the time of the Crusades, it was then the Ligurians who appropriated it and became true masters in the art of knotting very fine threads to give life to lace.
The designs can be more or less evident, floral or geometric, with three-dimensional effects.
It is widely used to make bodices and wedding dresses, also doubled with contrasting color fabrics to highlight the embroidered or ton sur ton motifs.
Kate Middleton's wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton, creative director of the Alexander McQueen brand, had a sweetheart neckline bodice, doubled with macramé lace, a silk skirt with floral embroidery and a 2.70 metre long train.