Most people associate macrame with kitschy 1970s decor and the kind of bohemian revival home stuff you can find at Urban Outfitters. But macrame is actually an ancient fiber art, first appearing in the carvings of Babylonians and Assyrians to depict the garb of the day. Its name derives from the Arabic word macramia, meaning “ornamental fringe,” and its usage has been documented for centuries all over the world. It can be decorative, adorning items like bedspreads and curtains, or functional, crafted by sailors to cover knife handles and parts of ships.