This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Macrame (Mac-Ra-Ma'). A strong, hard-twisted, cotton cord, prepared for the manufacture of macrame lace and trimming. Macrema is the name given by the Italians round about Genoa (the home and birthplace of the work) to a coarse material used for towels, the fringed ends of which are knotted in imitation of several of the stitches of the old knotted point lace; hence the origin of the name of the fancy work or lace, which dates as far back as the loth century. [See Lace]