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 Wonder of Will and the Story of It All

Wonder of Will

Today, I am traveling with a dear friend to peer inside the original 1623 book that gave us The Tempest (one of my favs), Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and all the bard’s best. Well, in fact, all the bard. The book, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, is the first complete collection of his plays. […]

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, […]

Creating Textile Fiestas

Author Sheri Brautigam shares her purpose for writing Textile Fiestas of Mexico. Luckily, several years ago, I had a job training Mexican English teachers in Mexico, in both the State of Mexico and in Oaxaca. For four years, I was able to travel around the country easily during vacations and breaks, and I got completely hooked on the traditional cultures and on collecting  samples […]

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 […]