What Does Sagebrush Know That Tumbleweed Doesn’t?

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This week we have a beautiful dispatch from Thrums author Eric Mindling about his newest book. In the simplest sense, my book Oaxaca Stories in Cloth: A Book about People, Belonging, Identity, and Adornment is about what people wear . . . and specifically, what people wear in the villages of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is a story told […]

Celebrating Textiles in Mexico— Having Fun and Working Hard

Textile Fiestas of Mexico

Sheri Brautigam is a woman who seems to have perfected the balance between having fun and working hard. And that balance is one of my favorite things about the travel guide she’s just written for Thrums Books, Textile Fiestas of Mexico–A Traveler’s Guide to Celebrations, Markets, and Smart Shopping. Just looking at the cover of […]

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth–An Inside Look

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth

Picture This I read about glamorous photo shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, and so forth with amazement. There’s the photographer, of course. The hair person. The makeup person. The person to schlep gear.  The person to hold lights just so, one to aim a fan at the model’s hair so it blows fetchingly in […]

Oaxaca Textiles: A Collector’s Item

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We’re in full production mode for our two new books due out in October. One is Eric Mindling’s book of gorgeous photographs and vignettes of the people and cloth of Oaxaca, Mexico. The book is an invitation to view the world as perhaps you never have—you will love what you see. In our second book, […]

Tying the Knot—Macramé in Mexico

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I bought these two little macramé bands in a thatched hut near the Maya ruins at Cobá, deep in the flat, dense jungle of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. This was more than twenty years ago, before friendship bracelets took the world by storm. In a wasteland of crude, redundant tourist goods, the fine craftsmanship […]

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