Weaving in Bolivia: A Treasure of Human Endeavor

I first went to Bolivia in 1994 with my husband to view a total solar eclipse. It was a stunning experience, high in the Altiplano with the sky going dark, the donkeys and cattle bellowing, the birds flapping around in perplexity. The eclipse itself lasted only moments, but the memory overshadows everything else I experienced […]

All the Wiser for the Wandering

“Where’s Joe?” It’s a common question when on a photo shoot with Thrums photographer Joe Coca. While we’re busy interviewing artisans or admiring their textiles, Joe quietly wanders off. Sometimes to the alarm or curiosity of an author, translator, or guide. I’ve learned over many trips with Joe not to worry. He’s just out getting […]

Sustainability and Culture: Time for a Manifesto!

Color Manifesto

True Colors author Keith Recker shares with us his ideas for a “Natural Color Manifesto.”  Won’t you join him?  It has been said that the fashion industry is the second-most polluting industry in the word today, just behind mining and oil extraction. While that is difficult to prove, other sobering statistics should keep us focused […]

The Benefits of Books for Women Artisans of Morocco

Women Artisans of Morocco author Susan Schaefer Davis shares some great examples of how our books and her tours are improving the lives of women artisans in Morocco. Thanks, Susan! While working on my book on Moroccan artisans, it was obvious that the women I spoke with hoped that being in a book would increase […]

A Photographer’s Dream Come True

Joe Coca, Thrums Books photographer extraordinaire and the author-photographer of our newest book, The Human Thread, shares some personal thoughts about his life as a photographer and the making of his book. Thanks, Joe! Last November, I started a new chapter in my life. I sold my photography studio  in Fort Collins, Colorado and moved” […]

Garden of Eden

The Mesopotamian Marshes in southern Iraq were once the third largest wetlands in the world, home to thousands of species of plants and animals—also considered a possible site of the historic Garden of Eden. Ancient Mesopotamian Marsh Arabs sustained themselves in these lands for thousands of years. Decades of war and the draining of the […]

Back to Natural: How We Got Started on True Colors

Colorist, artisan activist, and author Keith Recker drops by this week and takes us back to the beginning of his new book True Colors. Thanks, Keith! True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments came into focus two years ago in a conversation with Thrums Books founder Linda Ligon. As I told her about […]

Photography and the Fine Art of Disappearing

Indigo

Still photography captures moments. I can only imagine the moments of memory Joe Coca experienced sifting back through the thousands of images in his archive, selecting just a hundred or so for his new book, The Human Thread. Working with Joe for the past forty years, I have my own memory moments, ones that weren’t […]

This Is What World Peace Looks Like

We came back from the International Folk Art Market (IFAM) in Santa Fe last week bursting with the wonder of it all—the music, the dancing, the color, the artisans and the crowds they had attracted, all embracing the beauty and importance of handmade goods from around the world. World Class Books This year’s market was […]

Mending Our Ways Again

Mending

As we make our way to the International Folk Art Market this week, enjoy this reprise of a favorite post. Join us next week for the update on our debut at the market and a gallery of photos. A few years ago, I read an article by Augusta Strand, a conservator at Uppsala University in […]

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