You've probably seen these typical macrame bracelets at many souvenier shops before. In fact, you probably own a few of these friendship bracelets.
Tired of the same old bracelets sold everywhere, 29-year-old Najibah Zakaria started experimenting with macrame hoping to make unique accessories for herself
Macrame, pronounced as meh-cra-mae, is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting.
What started out as a hobby soon turned into an obsession and passion to make beautiful art pieces that people can wear
When she first turned on her first "how to macrame" YouTube tutorial, Najibah was merely playing with different designs by incorporating beads and colours
Unsatisfied with just bracelets, Najibah also started experimenting with foot thongs
And even used her pets as models for her creations
Najibah was just having fun weaving these macrame pieces for her friends, but soon after she started getting orders from curious onlookers to help transform their pendants into necklaces
We were surprised when Najibah told us she has only been doing this for one year
The intricacy, precision, and fluidity in her pieces show years of experience
Creating different neckline designs, Najibah proves that she is not a one trick pony. She says big pieces like these could take her up to four hours of patient weaving.
She has learnt to work with any shape and size of pendant...
...and has a knack in using macrame to complement the pendant without taking attention away from it
Najibah only makes pieces that she personally loves and is not shy to model her own designs
With a full-time job as a divemaster on the islands of Terengganu, Najibah draws her inspiration from nature
Najibah lovingly calls her artwork "Tali Creations"
For more beautiful pieces from Najibah Zakaria, check out her Instagram here