As most textiles have lost their handmade touch, there’s something to cherish about the artisanal piece. We connect with them on a more personal level, we make them a statement in our homes, we even pass them down to generations. A notable form with a subtle recurrence in the home decor world is the technique of macramé; the combination of a series of weaving and knotting. Despite the sound of its simplicity, the elaborate designs (free form to geometric) and products (from fashion to decorations, bedding, drapery and more) have elevated to a whole new platform, sought after for its Boho and Hippie elements. In homage to those one-of-a-kind favorites, blogger and photographer Ana Morais has brought back the handmade touch into wall art and goods through her online store Casulo.
Based out of Oporto, Portugal, the 33 year old mom worked as a TV host and radio entertainer before starting her blog, Tapas na Lingua, in 2011. During her maternity leave and new baby’s nap time, her talent emerged after teaching herself macramé and thus Casulo, meaning cacoon, was born. Catching the attention of notable establishments like Urban Outfitters, her instagram, blog and website features handmade, contemporary wall hangings as well as custom orders that ship worldwide.
“I create a lot of custom orders for baby nurseries and events like weddings: the backdrops, bouquet weavings and cake decors. The biggest challenge on custom orders is to make something original and beautiful using quality materials, so your brand image can be unique. The other challenge is to respond to a client’s custom order and, with some kind of magic, try to find out what fits best for that person and their home. The secret ingredient is to put a lot of love into each work.”
Ana’s textured, unique pieces engage us with each one’s originality and its own story. This woven wall decor is a bold and gorgeous choice over the traditional framed art.