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Handwoven Swimsuits Details - Macrame and Crochet Swimsuits

What is Macramé?

Macramé is a fun and creative way to make beautiful garments and decorative pieces for your home. It involves tying knots in cords or strings to create intricate patterns and designs.  Macrame was very popular back in the 1970s and has recently made a comeback.

Remember the decorative wall hangings and plant holders made of macramé?  This beautiful craft has expanded beyond those decorative items and you can now find them on accessories and yes, even swimsuits. 

Sauipe is proud to partner with artisans that are experts on the craft of macramé. These wonderful artists go beyond the atual craft. We provide general requirements but the artisans create the actual detail and design of the macramé details. 

The History of Macrame

Macramé has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. The art of knotting cords or strings to create decorative items was practiced by various cultures, such as the Arab weavers and the Chinese, as early as the 13th century.

The Moors introduced macramé to Spain in the 15th century and the craft eventually made its way to France, Italy and England. Early lace fabrics were handwoven. Lace is believed to have its origins in the art of macramé.  

Macramé gained popularity in Europe during the Victorian era, where it was used to make decorative items such as lace and trim for clothing, and it was a favorite activity of Queen Mary II and her attendants.

In the 1960s and 1970s, macramé experienced a resurgence in popularity, especially in the United States, as a part of the bohemian and hippie movement. People used macramé to make items such as wall hangings, plant holders, and other decorative objects.

Today, macramé is enjoyed by people all over the world as a hobby and as a way to create unique and handmade items for their homes. With the rise of social media, the craft has seen a revival and continues to grow in popularity.

Macramé in Swimsuits

Many consider crochet swimsuits a form of macramé.  Sauipe has created a number of exclusive designs using macramé and crochet.  Some are not available at the time of this writing, but we would like to show them here in honor of the beautiful craftsmanship of our artisans. 


Celeste is a favorite among customers of all body types. The beautiful handwoven shoulder straps are a show stopper.  Celeste doubles as a bodysuit: style it with a skirt or pants and head out to dinner on your vacation with confidence. Celeste is available in ivory and black.

Handwoven shoulder straps swimsuit

Close up image of the handwoven macrame shoulder straps.


The following swimsuits are not available at the time of this writing, but we would like to show them here in honor of the beautiful craftsmanship of our artisans.  


The Penelope swimsuit was part of Sauipe's collection for many years. Each year our artisans created different macrame designs, and we all had fun selecting our favorites.  Here is a great example:

Macrame swimsuit


The Iconic Crochet Bikini Bar Rafaeli wore on Sports Illustrated

This bikini is handwoven crochet panels sewn onto lycra. It was part of our first collection ever, and we didn't even have a name for it! 

Because we love to create unique swimsuits, the crochet was woven using sustainably sourced threads in white, and the crochet panel was sewn onto the lycra lining. Only then we tie dye the whole bikini. One. By. One.  Yes, a true labor of love. 

Bar Rafaeli wears blue crochet bikini on Sports Illustrated.