THRUMS BOOKS celebrates the narrative of traditional textiles and their makers. The content of its award-winning books ranges from cultural anthropology and history to intimate personal stories and a bit of how-to. Each book is an expression of people, culture, and the timeless touch of human hands. Our books are well made, made to last, and are filled with beautiful photos, thoughtful page design, deep content–we love making them.
Thrums Books is the publishing arm of Thrums, LLC, working to create opportunities that support indigenous textile artisans worldwide. Thrums has provided partial funding to such projects as The Molo Wool Project in Kenya; published the book Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, Weaving Memories by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez with the Cusco Center for Traditional Textiles in Peru; supported a Guatemalan weaving project with Friendship Bridge, including the creation and development of the book Guatemalan Woven Treasures by Deborah Chandler; sponsored the cultural exchange of Peruvian spinners and weavers at the 2008 Spin-Off Autumn Retreat; and sponsored the exhibit, Weaving Lives: Transforming Textiles in the Peruvian Highlands at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, Colorado State University.
2011 saw the launch of ClothRoads, a Global Textile Marketplace dedicated to creating a marketplace for high quality indigenous textiles.
2012 welcomed the arrival of Thrums Books, dedicated to preserving the narrative of traditional textiles and their makers.
Our debut title was published in January 2012: A Textile Guide to the Highlands of Chiapas by Walter “Chip” Morris. Textiles Traditions of Chinchero: A Living Heritage by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez followed in July 2012.
In 2013, we published Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez and Christine Franquemont and Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu: Folk Tales and Stories of Inca Life by Elizabeth Conrad VanBuskirk with paintings by Angel Callanaupa Alvarez.
In March of 2015 we celebrated the publication of Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas by Walter “Chip” Morris and Carol Karasik. And September 2015 saw the much anticipated release of Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordon’s newest title, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives.
In October 2016, we released Oaxaca Stories in Cloth: A Book about People, Belonging, Identity, and Adornment by Eric Mindling and Textile Fiestas of Mexico: A Traveler’s Guide to Celebrations, Markets, and Smart Shopping by Sheri Brautigam.
2017 is a standout year as we bring out four new titles: In April, Maya Gods and Monsters: Supernatural Stories from the Underworld and Beyond by Carol Karasik; In September, Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez; In October, Embroidering within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future by Rangina Hamidi and Mary Littrell; and Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being by Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck.
Those of us involved in these endeavors worked together at Interweave Press for many years, honing our skills and forging a tight-knit team. The years have taken us in different directions, but the core relationship remains. Some of us make books, some of us source and sell wonderful cloth. Words and threads. It’s all in aid of helping sustain time-honored traditions.