Cords and Stones (Macrame)

Traveling is not just about visiting the new places and knowing new cultures but also to meet new people and learn new things from them. My journeys have exposed me to some interesting artists and their artworks. Another such artwork, which perhaps I would never become familiar with if not travelling, was Macrame. As far as I remember, my first conscious encounter with the term macrame was at New Lucky Cafe of Rishikesh where a Nepali guy, named Kapil, used to give macrame lessons. For some unknown reasons I had assumed that macrame was the name for some very sophisticated technique based fine paintings. Although I had developed a good friendship with Kapil, I never showed any interest to know about the art he was master of. But it was only because of that familiarity with the term Macrame that when I came in contact with an another Macrame artist, named Clemence, at Pushkar of Rajasthan, I inescapably developed an interest to know about the art which I had missed at Rishikesh.

During my month long summer stay at Pushkar, Clemence was the only another long term off season guest at the Shankar Palace/ Ramues cafe. Clemence, a young lady of french nationality, was living in a room on the other side of the small roofless central ground of Shankar Palace. While sometimes she used to work with the paper and pencil at entrance of her room, some other times she used to click the photos of some bracelets, necklaces with the leaves and barks of floras of the Shankar palace as background objects.

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Clemence: The macrame artist

 

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Things are created twice: First in mind …

 

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Things are created twice: Second or physical creation

 

From the daily conversations during the late evening gatherings, which were joined not only by the guests and the owners of guest house but also by some new friends of Pushkar, at the central roofless ground of the Shankar Palace, I came to know more about Clemence. She was a traveler and macrame artist. Although she used to speak less, either because of habit or limited English vocabulary, she patiently elaborated about the Macrame and her journey with that art. Interestingly the word Macrame is most probably of Arabic or Turkish origin. Macrame is a textile art of linking the threads exclusively by the knotting techniques. It was the first time that I became familiar with the difference between otherwise inter-related terms like Knotting, weaving and knitting. Although the cords and the ways of linking them by knotting techniques are the only essential elements to label a craft as Macrame artwork, the inclusion of some more objects, like stones, could take the creations to different levels of creative expressions. In Clemence’s work, perhaps I was more captivated by the stones and fossils than the threads and the knotting techniques.

 

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Macrame slave bracelet with Amethyst stone

 

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Wild Boar Tusk Necklace

 

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Moon Stone and Megalodont tooth (Fossil)

 

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Macrame necklace with Moon stone and fossil tooth

 

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Mexican Amber

 

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Macrame Necklace with Mexican Amber

 

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Amber Pendant Necklace

 

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Labradorite

 

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Macrame necklace with Labradorite

 

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Obsidian, Amber and Labradorite

 

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Macrame necklace with Obsidian, Amber, Labradorite and Cristal stones

 

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Macrame necklace with Amber and Cristal

 

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Macrame bracelet of Chrysocolla stone

 

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Fluorite stones

 

Clemence learnt that art from Colombia while travelling and staying in South America for 3 years. There she used to craft and sell the products on streets. Over the course of her journey that art turned as her main profession and she also started selling the macrame jewellery in some markets of France. The moment I met her, she also had her online shop by the name of Tierrachakana at www.etsy.com . The influence of her time in Latin America was still visible as most of the raw material like stones and threads were from Latin American countries. While most of the stones were from Mexico, the waxed polyester cords, special for macrame jewelry, were from Brazil. However, during her time in India, she had got many of the stones from Jaipur Market.

 

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Linhasita waxed polyester cords

 

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The sticks which would be incorporated in upcoming work

 

Despite of having a great opportunity of taking my macrame experience to next level by learning some basics of that art from Clemence, my experience got stuck with just a conceptual understanding of that textile art. During my first ever visit for Pushakar valley, I was more involved in knowing the place and some of its unique cultures and so could not think towards taking any practical lessons from her. I believe that the experience which got initiated with Kapil and Clemence would go to next level and someday I would learn and be able to create some thing on my own.

 

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The hand and the artwork of the artist

 

The latest updates of Clemence’s work can be found on her facebook page Tierrachakana

She also has her online shop atΒ https://www.etsy.com/in-en/shop/tierrachakana

 

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113 responses to Cords and Stones (Macrame)

  1. ronandsashka says:

    This is a great story and adventure, my good friend.

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thank you my friend… I am back from my journey.. now going to focus on new posts and reading the blogs which I follow. I am excited to see your posts which I have missed during my time in Himalayas. πŸ™‚

  2. Laurie says:

    How beautiful! Traveling has given you so many beautiful experiences. It’s an inspiration to me. I haven’t done macrame since I was in high school, but it was one of my favorite art classes then. πŸ™‚

    • Travel Parable says:

      Dear friend Laurie. It was the first time I came to know so much about macrame. I hope I will learn someday and design something. If you remember something from your high school, try it again.. πŸ™‚ thank you for reading this post and for your words

  3. Bharti says:

    Interesting art. I have never heard about macrame.. the necklaces and bracelets are really beautiful .. Thanks for giving the contact of Clemence.

    • Travel Parable says:

      I agree.. the jewellery was really beautiful. πŸ™‚ you can see the Clemence’s macrame jewellery on her online shop and contact her.

  4. Yousra ER-RAI says:

    It was a very interesting article. Keep doing the hard work !

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thank you my friend.. and keep following travel parable for more travel updates.

  5. Sudhanshu says:

    Traveling is knowing.. Traveling is learning.. Beautiful artwork. Keep exploring

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thanks sudhanshu.. keep following and giving feedback on my work

  6. Lekhraj says:

    Very interesting artwork.. you are lucky to explore and experience new things.. really a happy traveller.. love

  7. Victoria says:

    Such an interesting post, what a journey you have been on. I can’t wait to read more xxx

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thank you victoria. Thanks for reading and for comment on this post.. keep following for more πŸ™‚

  8. diana says:

    Oh wow, that sounds really, really interesting! I will visit her shop and look on google to find more about this art, It is something i can do for sure! Thanks for the post.

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thank you Diana. Thanks for your time to read this post and for your comment..

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thank you my friend.. I am not sure if she is in Pushkar anymore because she is also a traveler. But you may contact her by the links I shared
      πŸ™‚

  9. Nelio says:

    Travelling is the very best thing about getting new friends .very talented people out there we have an only chance that is travelling.

    • Travel Parable says:

      Yes my friend… Traveling is knowing 😊

  10. Priya says:

    Great post.. The idea of working while travelling is an idea of freedom

  11. bluebrightly says:

    I would have been most interested in those stones, too – they’re wonderful. Macrame became very popular in the US in the 1960’s, along with the hippie movement towards more earthy, handmade things.

    • Travel Parable says:

      I love such artworks because they allow to travel and work at the same time. Although, it may not be easy, but they bring some sense of freedom. I am trying to develop some new skills. Lets see where I reach. Thanks for your feedback πŸ™‚

  12. Namra says:

    Thanks! I feel like I learned a bunch about macrame too now☺️ Connecting with new people is also one of my favorite things about travel. So many amazing humanbeings out there!

    • Travel Parable says:

      I agree with your words. Travelling allows to know , understand and accept alternative ideas. Macrame was new for me as well. I was thinking how had I avoided this artwork before. Now I am thinking to learn this artwork. Thank you for reading this post.

    • Travel Parable says:

      It is beautiful indeed ☺️☺️ thanks for your comment

    • Travel Parable says:

      It was new for me too. I hope to learn this artwork in my free time. Thanks for your words. πŸ™‚ Keep following for more updates.

  13. Anu says:

    The title of the post made me interested to go in the details of this post. Macrame is an entirely new thing for me. It is beaybeaut indeed. Stones and cords are complementary for each other.. stones make the products really attractive. Thank you for this post

  14. Aakash says:

    Very creative, the fusion of thread on stones are beautiful.

  15. Asking Minds says:

    The “macrame” is the word for me. You have written a blog very beautiful. Those stone macrame are really amazing and your photography skills too. πŸ™‚

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thanks Asking Minds. That was a nice experience. I hope to learn this art in my free time.

  16. Noraly says:

    I’d never heard of the word “Macrame” before, so I’m glad you’ve explained it so well to me and included all these photographs. It’s absolutely beautiful jewellery.

  17. Such a beautiful and unique art form. I love when travel leads to these kinds of cultural discoveries and you meet amazing people with such special talents!

  18. Maria says:

    You’re such a creative artist! You’re doing it amazing! Love it all!
    Keep it up! And I hope you have lots of success πŸ™‚

  19. I remember when I was in middle school, we did a kind of introduction to macrame.. but wow, this is so far off from what I see on your photos! Such a beautiful art, combined with different mediums.. thank you so much for sharing.

  20. Beautiful artwork! This is the first time I hear about Macrame. As you said, traveling is especially about learning new things from people you meet during your journey.

  21. Federica Provolenti says:

    Meeting people and getting to know local artcrafts are two enriching way to enhance every travel experience.

  22. ansh997x says:

    I have seen these workshops around Pushkar and Dharamshala. Glad that you shared more information about them.

  23. I love this post since it deals with one of the most inspiring aspects of travelling: Meeting new, unusual, inspiring people. It’s wonderful that you share this encounter with us and introduce us to her artwork

  24. Laurence says:

    Interesting, you learned a lot on stones. I wonder if they are the same with stones like crystals. Nonetheless, these are really great work of art and crafts.

  25. Chris says:

    Macrame is such a beautiful art form, I have learnt something new today! It is amazing that your travelling has allowed you to be exposed to and learn such interesting skills.

  26. Inna says:

    I love creating different artworks myself so I can really relate to your article! Great job with Macrame!

  27. Oh my all her pieces are beautiful and unique. Im sure she can sell a lot of these to tourists. But i know real artists just wants to experess themselves through their arts thats they are beautiful. Great story

  28. Anki Trvel says:

    I enjoyed reading this post. Interesting art, I never heard about this art… macrame. Thanks for sharing this amazing stuff.

  29. Yukti says:

    Wow what a great post as traveling also means meeting interesting people around the world. It is very good of you that you introduced Clemence and her beautiful hobby of creating macrame necklaces. I love her creations and anything handmade is more valuable to me than machine made things. Keep sharing such stories more.

  30. paulinaklimkiewicz says:

    Very interesting- Ive never heard of this macrame before! Im not nearly artsy enough for this kind of stuff haha

  31. Waow! these are incredible! I just started last summer making bracelets but I don’t know how to use stones and other stuff to make my bracelets better. It’s a good way to make some money while you’re traveling. And also sometimes it’s like meditation. Good work!

    • Travel Parable says:

      You are going to next Macrame artist I know. πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ. It certainly is like a meditation. Thank you my friend.

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thanks Sinjana. Keep following for my upcoming posts.

  32. Navita says:

    This is a very unique post I have seen and I just love it. You are right. Traveling is about meeting fantastic people too and we have been fortunate to meet amazing artists along the way! Happy to meet the Macrame artist through this post! Super creative. Loved all the pieces of artwork here and wish to get some too.

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thanks Navita. You can find more of her work on her online shop. I always want to meet more people and know their ideas about life. Thank you for your words and views.

  33. Maria says:

    Very interesting post. I’ve heard of the term macrame before but I had no idea that it referred to handmade artifacts. Thanks for sharing and it’s so sweet of you to showcase Clemence’s beautiful work!

    • Travel Parable says:

      Thanks Maria. I hope one day I will write a post on my own handmade artifacts .. πŸ˜€ . Keep following for more updates..

  34. Christine says:

    I’ve never heard of Macrame before but these accessories look beautiful. And yes I agree with what you said. To me most of my memorable travels are not because of the place itself but because of the people I met and the things I’ve learned from them.

    • Travel Parable says:

      Yes.. we travel and experience not only the places but people also.

  35. chefmireille says:

    More important than the beautiful sights we see when we travel I think is the amazing connections we get with people from different backgrounds and cultures and here you learned about an amazing art form also – what a wonderful story!

    • Travel Parable says:

      So true . Our journeys give us new experiences, new lessons and new connections. Thank you for your words on this post.

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