The history of macrame dates back to the thirteenth century but it wasn’t until the 1970s where this art of knotting reached peak popularity in Victorian England. Most Victorian homes sported macrame décor on clothing, curtains, tablecloths and bedspreads.

Even today, macrame is present in modern homes and wardrobes, in the form of wall hangings and plant hangers to jewellery and bags. This long-standing history is a testament to its timeless and classic style. With the resurgence of macrame in recent years, macrame tote bags in particular have seen many different designs and patterns as brands and artists get more creative.

In February this year, Nylon magazine reported that netted bags are must-haves for your wardrobe during the spring season. Brands such as Staud, Petit Kouraj, Nanushka and Stella McCartney have even put their designer spins on the boho-inspired bag. 

In fact, we think that this highly textured handbag can follow you from spring through summer, and is a versatile option for your wardrobe. A perfect pairing to your sundress look or a beach-day fit, these light and airy totes can carry your sunnies, your SPF, on-the-go snacks, and then some. (Plus, they can double as a very stylish reusable bag for grocery trips.) 

While those designer versions may cost a bomb, there are also a ton of wallet-friendly iterations such as those from homegrown brand sheils & co. 

Their made-to-order macrame bags are crafted meticulously by hand so you know you are buying a quality piece. Products are produced in small batches to ensure quality and you can fully customise the bag according to the colour and style (right down to its pattern, size, shape and handle type) you prefer.    

From beachy totes to sophisticated shoppers, these macrame bags are a classic addition to your wardrobe. Customise your own macrame bag at sheils & co from just $49.90.