Old Year, New Year, and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

Old year New Year

Old Year 2016 was a wonderful year for Thrums Books. Two of our books won Gold (Maya Threads) and Silver (Traditional Weavers of Guatemala) medals in the Multicultural category of the Benjamin Franklin Awards given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. We attended the always informative and inspiring Weave a Real Peace conference in Santa Fe in […]

One World

one world

This time last year, I was in the Peruvian highlands, in the little town of Chinchero. It was cold and wet, and we were working out of doors with the snow-capped Andes shining in the distance, taking notes and photographing weavers and spinners of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco as they plied their […]

Textiles: The Bridge between Cultures

BridgeBetweenCultures

The Bridge The Thrums Books virtual gallery and museum tour has traveled around the world over the last year, from Oaxaca to Toronto, from Colorado and Arizona to points beyond. We’ve introduced you (or perhaps just reminded you) of some fabulous textile collections far afield and maybe in your own back yard. This month we’re heading to […]

A World of Blue

Peru Indigo

It was pretty blue at the Textile Society of America Symposium a couple of weeks ago, indigo blue. There was the indigo dye workshop on Ossabaw Island and a tour of its indigo history, an indigo art exhibition, and Catharine Ellis and Rowland Ricketts each chaired different sessions called “Indigo and Beyond” offering seven different presentations related to […]

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 […]

Sisters from Different Mothers

TraditionalWeavers

Here’s a funny thing. Back in 2014, I was sitting at my desk deep into working on Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordon’s book, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, when I got an email. It was from Marilyn Anderson, a well-known and well-loved scholar of Guatemalan textiles who had lived in that country for decades, studying the […]

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 […]

The Long Thread

Symmetry

I’ve been reading a terrific book called I Contain Multitudes about microbes and their pervasive role in all of creation, not to mention my own gut. So a recent story in the New York Times immediately caught my eye: “Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotic Crisis?” As I dug into the story, […]

What Does Sagebrush Know That Tumbleweed Doesn’t?

sagebrush

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 […]

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