Weaving a Heritage

Weaving a Heritage

This month our featured museum is one that may not be the easiest to visit, but it is most definitely one that you should know about. Kurdish Textile Museum In 2004, Lolan Sipan founded the non-profit Kurdish Textile Museum  in the Kurdistan city of Erbil—a place some say is the oldest, continually-inhabited city in the […]

Cultural Crossings

Cultural Crossings

Threads There are many threads to this story. First, there’s Mary Anne Wise, master hooked-rug artist, and her calling to do something to help a village in Guatemala that was covered by a mudslide during Hurricane Stan in 2006. There’s her friend and partner, Jody Slocum, who heads an NGO called Farmer to Farmer, fostering […]

Pure Win

Last week we learned  that Thrums Books won a prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Award  given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Two awards, in fact. Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas by Walter F. Morris and Carol Karasik, with photography by Janet Schwartz, won the Gold award in the Multicultural category. Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their […]

Same Path, Different Eyes

Traditional Weavers

For ten days at the beginning of March, ClothRoads and Thrums Books hosted a textile tour through Guatemala to meet the artisans of Traditional Weavers of Guatemala–Their Stories, Their Lives. The tour was led by authors Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordón. Teresa has graciously shared with us some of her thoughts about the trip. The Adventure On […]