To Market, To Market

ToMarket

Take a break from those frenzied days of shopping for good deals, friends, and enjoy this feast of color and goodness from some of Thrums Books’ favorite places to shop.   “What do you sell, O ye merchants? Turbans of crimson and silver, Tunics of purple brocade, Mirrors with panels of amber, Daggers with handles of jade.” Sarojini Naidu   […]

Laughing it Off

laughingitoff

Sometimes you just have to laugh. Sometimes you leave all thoughts of “political correctness,” of propriety, of good manners behind and just let it bubble up. Laughter is universal. People laugh at themselves, their foibles, each other, their fate, the universe. Take this traditional Quechua riddle recorded in Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, […]

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 […]

High Society

High Society

Linda and I have been having a swell time the last couple of days at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium in Savannah, Georgia. We’re hanging out in the marketplace with our friends from ClothRoads, the wonderful folks from Ibu, Randall Darwall, Over the Blue Horizon , and many other purveyors of one-of-a-kind textile […]

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 […]

Across Borders

Across Borders

I came back from the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe at the beginning of the week bursting with the joy of it all—the music, the dancing, the color, the artisans and the crowds they had attracted, all embracing the beauty and importance of handmade goods from around the world. At the same time, across […]

Yard Sale Huipil

yard sale huipil

The Sale I’m not the kind of person who brakes for yard sales, usually.  But when I see a stack of what looks like handwoven cloth from Guatemala, I pull over. This happened a couple of weeks ago. And it was Guatemalan cloth that I’d spied from the road, a modest pile of slim table runners with […]

The Ixil Triangle: Journey to the Unexpected

IxilTriangle

The Hidden Category One of my bookshelves is spilling over with travel guides. Places I’ve been, places I want to go. Most are in the “rough” or “hidden” category (or you could call it the “cheap” category), because those are the kinds that are most likely to lead you to the unexpected. I’ve just added […]

We’ve Got You Covered

Judging a Book Linda and I were at Publisher’s Summit last week in Chicago presented by the fine folks at Independent Publishers Group, the distributor of Thrums Books. It was a great time to visit with the wonderful people who help deliver our books into the world and to meet up with other publishers who care […]

A Mother’s Gift

Teaching textile traditions is a gift mothers pass down to their children (okay, dads can get in on it, too, but that’s a story for another day). Whether in Guatemala, Mexico, or Peru—and I’m learning in Morocco, Laos, and Afghanistan, too—for centuries, mothers have been teaching their daughters to weave, to spin, to dye, to embroider. Passing down these skills […]

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