CELEBRATE COLOR

Cochineal Dyed Yarn on Blue Pickup

Walk down any street in Oaxaca City, and you’ll be dazzled by color: color so intense it seems to make your eyes vibrate. There’s such uninhibited joy! Turquoise and cerise and lime and sunshine yellow…these colors don’t necessarily come from nature, but they frame the nature of that place. Drive a few miles out of […]

Brew a cup of tea, sit back, and listen.

Keith Recker Color Podcast Long Thread Media

Thrums’ books, as you may know by now, are heavy on photography. Our archives contain tens of thousands of photos of textiles and artisans and landscapes from all over the world. The images, the colors, the richness sometimes overwhelm one’s eyeballs. (The hours spent editing the photos, choosing the paltry few we have room to […]

Nevertheless, Woad Persisted

Woad

Keith Recker has worked with makers from more than sixty countries to refine their products, tell their stories, find new customers, and gain the recognition they so deeply deserve. He has gathered their stories in his highly acclaimed book True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments. His book is at once an immersive […]

Thanksgiving Color

Shuffling through the piles of good stuff that have accumulated around my desk, I came across a beautiful poster: A Seasonal Color Wheel devised by Sasha Duerr, who holds a special place in Keith Recker’s book True Colors:World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments. Sasha has been practicing and teaching natural dyeing in the Bay […]

Sounds of Indigo Sleeping

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Over the last few weeks, farmer, dyer, textile artist extraordinaire Rowland Ricketts has been posting fascinating snippets on his Facebook page about the indigo-composting process. This one struck me especially: “The Japanese term for starting the 100 days of indigo composting is nesekomi and implies putting the indigo to bed. We’ll wake it up every […]

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