Gifts of the Giving Kind

If you’re searching for a meaningful gift this holiday season–a gift that celebrates traditions, cultures, and craft–we have just a few suggestions! This year, Thrums Books published four beautiful books that explore textiles in Peru, Afghanistan, and Laos, and a quirky little gem of Maya folktales. But beyond the textiles, you’ll discover cultural heritage, the beauty of place, the joy of one generation sharing skills with the next, the love of making.

Each time we publish a book, we give to the artisans in a variety of ways, whether its contributing to a healthcare fund, commissioning them to make textiles for the book itself, or paying them directly for their contributions. Your support of Thrums Books, supports the artisans. Our books are  gifts of the giving kind. Whether it’s for yourself, a friend, your family, your guild, or your library, thank you for sharing our gifts.

Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands
Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez & the Weavers of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
Secrets of SpinningDiscover the secrets and stories behind textile techniques from the Peruvian Andes in this dazzling new book. Artisans of all ages share textile tips and tricks and offer concise step-by-step instructions accessible for North American crafters. Poignant and detailed descriptions of Andean cultural traditions frame each section. A must-have gift for the crafter in your life.
$24.95. Also available in eBook formats.


Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future
Rangina Hamidi and Mary Littrell
From the harsh and hidden lives of women in Afghanistan emerges a story of creativity, courage, and discovering a future through ancient textile traditions. This important new book chronicles the development of a remarkable and inspiring business, Kandahar Treasure, run solely by Afghan women. Individual profiles of the embroidery artisans illustrate how they have gained confidence, education, and the will to lead their families into a more stable and prosperous future. This story of strength and persistence of women in Muslim society will inspire women everywhere.
$34.95. Also available in eBook formats.
Also, available is a gorgeous collector’s edition  of Embroidering within Boundaries. Each numbered book features a unique and beautiful piece of khamak embroidery inset on the cover, stitched by the artisans at Kandahar Treasure. $150. Available exclusively at ClothRoads.

Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being
Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck

An innovative new book offering a rare and intimate view of Lao artisans and their time-honored silk-weaving and natural dyeing traditions. This charming travel narrative chronicles a family’s adventures in Laos as they navigate landscape, language, and culture to discover rich craft traditions and a deep sense of well-being. Weavers, spinners, and natural dyers, as well as armchair travelers will delight in the stories and the in-depth exploration of Lao textiles.
$34.95. Also available in eBook formats.

Maya Gods & Monsters: Supernatural Stories from the Underworld and Beyond
Carol Karasik, illustrations by Alfonso Huerta

Dead DanceJoin Grandmother Moon, Chak the rain god, and a panoply of gods who cavort through the ancient Maya world into the present day. Lush illustrations accompany fifteen surprising and thought-provoking stories drawn from ancient myth and lore of the Maya people. These delightful tales give life to wild and quirky gods, magical monsters, and strange creatures. A monstrously good treat for young readers and adults alike
$16.95. Also available in eBook formats.

–Happy Giving,



THRUMS BOOKS Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your favorite bookstore.

Maya Threads an essential guide to Chiapas and its textiles Textile Fiestas of Mexico Lost Cloth Faces of Tradition OaxacaStories Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu

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