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A coarse fabric, lace, or object made by tying a sequence of knots in threads, cords, or ropes. Knotting, or macramé, has been used world-wide. It was popular in Genoa in the 19th century and was revived as a craft in the 1960s. Works created by knotting include clothing, wall hangings, towels, purses, hammocks, window coverings, and plant hangars.

Synonyms and Related Terms

knotted lace; tatting; macramé; macrame; punto a groppo; macramé (Esp.); knoopwerk (Ned);


  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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