Yours to Mine, Giving is Hand to Hand

Rug Money

“Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand, Mine to yours, yours to mine.” Alberto Ríos  Catarina spins with a touch that turns clouds into thread. Photo by Joe Coca from the book Traditional Weavers of Guatemala. It’s the gift-giving, and gift-finding, season. Enjoy the bounty of gifts so vivid in each of these […]

Threads Around the World

AroundtheWorld

We’re very proud of the books we publish, but we also like to highlight other good books from the world of textiles. Traditional Weavers of Guatemala author Deborah Chandler wrote to us about a new book that explores textile techniques around the world, Threads around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe. It’s written […]

Afghan Textile Stories Travel from Kabul to Cleveland

Enjoy this dispatch author Mary Littrell sent us from a textile conference she and co-author Rangina Hamidi attended in early November. Thanks, Mary! Each fall, over 500 university professors in fashion design and retailing gather for their annual conference of the International Textile and Apparel Association.  A highlight each year is the Jan Else Distinguished […]

Guess What We Did? The Ever-Expanding Thrums Books

Thrums Books

More than ten years ago, in partnership with Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez and the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, we published our first book Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands. During the last decade we’ve published 15 more books exploring textile traditions from around the world. We’ve brought to life the life stories of textile artisans who […]

Ancestry and Traditions: National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month—a country-wide celebration of the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Thrums Books joins the Smithsonian, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and other organizations in paying tribute to Native peoples. We’ve been celebrating the ancestry and traditions of […]

Living in Color: Love Letter to Morocco

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Morocco, on our two-week ClothRoads/Thrums Books artisan tour, felt familiar in a way. Joe Coca so beautifully photographed the people and places in Women Artisans of Morocco, and Susan Schaefer Davis introduced us so vividly to the artisans and their families that I had a strong sense I’d been there before. And yet, how can […]

And the Winner Is . . .

Winner

We’ve been gallivanting around Morocco with Women Artisans of Morocco author Susan Schaefer Davis and a crew of amazing textile travelers, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been monitoring our big textile giveaway from afar. The lucky winner of the Thrums Books Peruvian Scarf Giveaway is Victoria Erker. Congratulations to Victoria who will receive Linda […]

Shetland Knitting–Echoes of Land and Color

While we are roaming the back roads of Morocco, we’ve asked Allison Korleski–ace knitter, textile traveler, and friend of Thrums Books–to share her recent travel adventures to the Shetland Islands. Thanks, Allison! Shetland has long had a hold on me. Decades before I knit, and certainly eons before murder mysteries featuring Jimmy Perez were part […]

Morocco Here We Come

Morocco

Today begins our Thrums Books/ClothRoads Textile Arts Tour of Morocco with Susan Schaefer Davis, author of Women Artisans of Morocco. We’re about to board a flight for Casablanca, where we’ll meet Susan and several other textile travelers to visit many of the artisans featured in Susan’s book. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity […]

I Want to Give You a Scarf from Peru

Win a Peruvian Scarf

In our very first Thrums Books textile giveaway, you have a chance to win one of my treasured Peruvian scarves. I bought this alpaca scarf while I was working in Peru with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez on her book Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands. It’s a beauty of a scarf, isn’t it? It makes […]

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