Our research activity aims to find feminine figures who keep carrying forward traditional weaving, with a special interest on macrame, an art where hands have a primary role, being the only work instrument; these hands tell ancient stories from the East.
The word macramé comes from Arabic word, used in XIII century, migramah (fringe). It could also come frome Turkish word mahramatun or makrama, which indicated a certain kind of hand-work to create fringes by interweaving the remaining threads of the weaving process.
In Italy it starts to become popular around XVI-XVII century, especially in convents and monasteries, where they create ornamental fringes for sheets, towels, table-cloths, etc. that were part of trousseaux and ecclesiastic decor.
Being strictly connected to loom weaving, it has being disappearing with it. Our aim is, therefore, collecting testimonies, documeting transmission mechanisms, and the ones who led this art to disappear.