Xam Tai’s Cultural Textile Tradition Marches into Modern Times

This week’s post is crafted by Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck, authors of our brand new book Silk Weaver’s of Hill Tribe Laos. They offer a special view into the world of Lao weaving and ask some hard questions about the future of traditional textiles. Thanks, Josh and Maren! Upon walking into a hill tribe […]

A Little Bit of Maya Magic

Alfonso Huerta, the amazingly talented illustrator of our most recent book, Maya Gods & Monsters, shares a behind-the-scenes view of how the book–and the gods–came to be. Maya Magic About five years ago, I was vacationing on a beautiful lagoon in the southern part of the Yucatan with Carol Karasik, the author of Maya Gods & Monsters, […]

Maya Gods & Monsters: A Mysterious Thread

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AUTHOR CAROL KARASIK IS OUR GUEST BLOGGER THIS WEEK, GIVING SPECIAL INSIGHT INTO HER NEW BOOK: Myths and Tales and Textiles Thrums Books has a glorious reputation for publishing beautiful books on textiles from ancient cultures throughout the world. In a striking departure, they decided to bring out Maya Gods and Monsters: Supernatural Stories from the […]

Magical Markets of Mexico–Tlacolula, Oaxaca and Zinacantán, Chiapas

Markets of Mexico

Textile Fiestas of Mexico author Sheri Brautigam writes to us while shopping at some of her favorite markets, on-the-road, in Mexico: Besides the exciting festivals and ferias of Mexico, there are wonderful local markets to experience every week, so don’t miss out. Back in Mexico this winter I visited two that have become my favorites […]

Meet the Author: Carol Karasik

Carolus karasikii This is an unusual species with only one known member. Carolus karasikii, commonly known as Carol Karasik, can be found in the jungles of eastern Chiapas, the cobbled streets of San Cristóbal, the deserts of the American southwest, the rural villages of Southeast Asia, or the libraries of Washington, D.C. Her plumage is […]

The Closer

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Craft Chores I call my mom, affectionately, “The Closer.” Over the last several years she’s been the recipient of this friend’s or that’s unfinished craft project. Sometimes the assignment is from a friend who has passed away (not to be morbid, but at 86, these things happen), whose children want their mom’s handiwork finished but […]

Cultural Roots Near and Far

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth

When I was growing up in Oklahoma in the 1950s, I had a music teacher, Miss Sadlo, whose father had emigrated from Czechoslovakia early in the century. She had grown up in the nearby little town of Prague (which we Okies pronounced “Prayg”), founded and largely populated by her fellow countrymen from Bohemia. Miss Sadlo […]

With A Little Help from My Friends in Mexico

My Friends in Mexico

Enjoy this guest  post from Textile Fiestas of Mexico author Sheri Brautigam. Imagine a 6-month time-frame to write a textile travel guide to Mexico. Challenging and a bit scary, but I decided it was definitely possible. After all, I had been documenting textiles for about ten years in Mexico and was a frequent visitor to […]

15 Villages?

15 Villages Usila

Enjoy this guest post from Oaxaca Stories in Cloth author Eric Mindling. When I decided to commit to this project I call the Living Threads Project—this grand task of photo documenting the people of traditional dressways in Oaxaca for the book I was dreaming into being for Thrums Books—I had to consider exactly what I […]

Creating Textile Fiestas

Author Sheri Brautigam shares her purpose for writing Textile Fiestas of Mexico. Luckily, several years ago, I had a job training Mexican English teachers in Mexico, in both the State of Mexico and in Oaxaca. For four years, I was able to travel around the country easily during vacations and breaks, and I got completely hooked on the traditional cultures and on collecting  samples […]

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