Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: The Journey

SilkWeaversLaos

Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos authors Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck share some of the journey that led to writing the book. Enjoy! Maren and I never chose to be textile enthusiasts or authors, of Laos or anywhere else. Nor was this destiny inherited, or even anticipated. We kind of just . . . […]

  Afghanistan—Redefining Boundaries

Redefining Boundaries

In the opening chapter of their new book Embroidering within Boundaries–Afghan Women Creating a Future, Rangina Hamidi and Mary Littrell provide an honest depiction of the harsh realities of daily life for Afghan women. “As a woman with limited or no schooling and in a culture that prohibits women from appearing in public, the Afghan […]

Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Weaving off the Beaten Path

He said it would not be like any other book we had ever published. With some potential authors, that would be the signal to run the other way, fast. But with this author, I was intrigued. I say “author” but it should be “authors.” Josh Hirschstein and Maren Beck operate as a tight unit — […]

The Road to Secrets

Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knititng in the Peruvian Highlands

An Adventure in Validation Three years ago this fall I was in Oaxaca, getting ready to do a field trip with Eric Mindling for his book, Oaxaca Stories in Cloth. During the few days before we were scheduled to hit the road for the back country, the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, a wonderful institution right […]

The Name Game, or The Road to Marrakesh

Morocco

What’s in a Name? Naming books is hard. I think it used to be easier, back in the day when people walked into bookstores and scanned their eyes over actual books, and could go to their section of choice, see the sizes and cover designs and pick up and flip through ones that looked interesting. […]

A Bond Between Peoples of the World

A Bond between People Written above the entrance to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are these important words: “The art of the craftsman is a bond between the peoples of the world.” And that’s what the Museum of International Folk Art is all about—connecting people with the arts, traditions, and […]

China, Indigo, Textiles, and Eventually, a Book

Indigo

I’ve been told by a revered marketing guru that it’s not a good idea to write about a book a year and a half before it’s published, and before it even has a title. So I’m not going to write about that book which has no name. But I must share a slice of the […]

Tinkuy—A Coming Together

Tinkuy

Coming Together It’s an interesting word, Tinkuy. (Say tin-kooie). While it means a “coming together” in Quechua, it means more than that. It means (among other untranslatable things) coming together like rushing streams converging in foaming eddies to create a bigger river. There’s a lot of energy implied in the word. The first Tinkuy, in […]

Putting the Funk in Textiles

Funk

For this month’s featured textile museum, we travel to the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, to visit the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, the only textiles center in the state. I love that a first-rate textile collection lives at a technology institute. Sometimes, technology gets a bad rap, particularly in the realm of […]

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 […]

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